Zika cases in Rajasthan monitored

Henrietta Strickland
October 9, 2018

The Health Ministry on Monday confirmed 22 cases of Zika virus in Rajasthan, stressing that precautionary measures are being taken by the Centre followed by daily monitoring. The Bihar government has also issued advisories to all its 38 districts after the student visited his home in Siwan between August 28 and September 12.

The outbreak in Jaipur was detected through the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) surveillance system.

Another high-level central team is already placed in Jaipur since October 5, 2018 to further oversee and assist containment operations on the field.

India has sent experts to try to contain an outbreak of the zika virus in the popular tourist destination of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, with a close watch on pregnant women. Reports add that a National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has also been activated to undertake regular monitoring situation. According to the officials, the first case of Zika Virus was reported on September 23, following which tests by the authorities established traces of the virus in the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes on September 26.

Testing kits have been provided to the Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratories.

The state government has been supplied with information, education and communication (IEC) material prepared to create awareness about Zika virus and its prevention strategies. Both outbreaks were "successfully contained", the government said.

"A few cases of Zika virus have been reported in Jaipur". Zika virus infection is a mosquito-borne illness like dengue and chikungunya viruses.

The disease continues to be on surveillance radars of the Union Health Ministry although it is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern under WHO notification since November 18, 2016.

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