Indian health officials say 29 Zika virus cases found in Rajasthan

Henrietta Strickland
October 13, 2018

"The teams have surveyed 26,000 houses and all cases of fever have been listed", Gupta said. "If there is a need to collect samples, we are collecting that on a large scale", Gupta said at a press conference here.

Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes, which bite during the day.

All pregnant mothers in the area will also be monitored, according to a statement released by India's Health Ministry.

So far, twenty-nine people have tested positive, the health ministry said.

Health minister JP Nadda, however, assured that there's no need to panic and the situation is under control.

The famous tourism hotspot of India, Jaipur is on hit of Zika virus. The World Health Organization announced in November 2016 that the Zika virus is no longer a public health emergency of worldwide concern, but India's Health Ministry continues to monitor it. We've standard protocols. ICMR, National Centre for Disease Control & DGHS are monitoring this.

The Prime Minister's Office on Monday sought a comprehensive report from the Health Ministry on the Zika outbreak, and a seven-member high-level central team is in Jaipur to assist the state government in control and containment measures, PTI reported.

Meanwhile, the health officials in Bihar have issued advisories to all its 38 districts to keep a close watch on people showing symptoms similar to Zika virus infection. According to the government, it handled the both outbreaks successfully. These include microcephaly, where babies are born with abnormally small heads and restricted brain development.

It is the third such outbreak in India, with the first in Ahmedabad in January 2017 and the second in Tamil Nadu in July 2017.

Zika was first identified in 1947. The latest cases - in the middle of the country's festival season where many Indians travel, increasing the risk of transmission - come amid a spike in other mosquito-borne diseases that kill thousands across India each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). There is no vaccine available to the virus and if it affects the pregnant women, it can cause severe birth defects in unborn children.

The chief secretary directed officers to ease the panic among the people about zika as it is not fatal except in pregnant women in their first trimester.

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