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55 cases of Zika virus confirmed in Jaipur; WHO team to visit pink city soon, say official sources

To monitor the measures being taken to check the virus outbreak in the pink city, a WHO team will be visiting Jaipur soon, official sources said.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: October 14, 2018 7:41 IST ]
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Making it the country's biggest outbreak of the disease to date, a total of 55 cases of Zika virus have been confirmed in Jaipur. 

To monitor the measures being taken to check the virus outbreak in the pink city, a World Health Organization (WHO) team will be visiting Jaipur soon, official sources said.

However, Govind Pareek, Public Relations officer, medical and health department, could not confirm when the WHO team is arriving.

Taking strict measures, state health officials said that the residents of houses where larvae are found will be penalized. 

Health officials have also asked doctors to monitor the health of pregnant women who are in their first trimester and are suffering from fever. This is because, in pregnant woman, the virus can impact the growth of foetus's brain.

On Saturday, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Veenu Gupta was informed in a review meeting that, on Thursday, 276 teams had toured 11,313 houses and destroyed 2,282 larvae.

On Friday, in the affected areas, 152 women in their first trimester were tested and virus was tested negative among them.

On Saturday, 279 teams were deployed in affected wards of Shastri Nagar and 11,895 houses were surveyed out of which 2,269 found positive for mosquito breeding, said Pareek.

During the survey, out of 50,336 containers checked, around 3,770 were found positive for larvae. On-spot source reduction was done and containers treated with temephos.

(With IANS inputs)

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