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Zika virus cases reach 106 in Rajasthan, over 324 health teams deployed across state

According to a Union Health Ministry official, 25 pregnant women are said to be affected out of the total number of patients.

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New Delhi Updated on: October 18, 2018 23:56 IST
Zika Virus cases in Rajasthan has been increasing with the

Zika Virus cases in Rajasthan has been increasing with the number of cases rising to 106

Zika Virus cases in Rajasthan has been increasing with the number of cases rising to 106 on Thursday.

According to a Union Health Ministry official, 25 pregnant women are said to be affected out of the total number of patients.

The six new Zika cases confirmed on Thursday were from Jaipur and two neighbouring districts, he added.

In view of the rising cases, the Centre on Wednesday rushed an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) team to the state to intensify vector control measures.

According to ANI, 324 health teams have been deployed in Zika virus affected wards of Jaipur's Shastri Nagar. More than 1lakh houses have been surveyed out of which 1509 found positive for mosquito breeding. During house to house survey, 353 fever patients were identified.

The team of experts from ICMR has changed the insecticides which are being used in the city and neighbouring districts to kill mosquitoes that spread Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses as a part of the integrated mosquito management programme, the official said.

Zika virus has been found in some mosquitoes taken as samples from Sindhi Camp and densely populated Shastri Nagar.

According to the official, almost all Zika virus infected patients are healthy now after treatment. Three-fourth patients do not have symptoms of disease and have recovered.

Intense fogging and other anti-larvae activities are being carried out in the areas from where cases have been reported.

Zika virus, transmitted through the aedes aegypti mosquito, causes fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain. It is harmful to pregnant women, as it can lead to microcephaly, a condition in which a baby's head is significantly smaller than expected, in newborn children.

The state health department has advised pregnant women not to visit the affected areas.

In India, the first outbreak of Zika virus was reported in Ahmedabad in January 2017 and the second in Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri district in July that year. Both these outbreaks were successfully contained through intensive surveillance and vector management.

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

On Tuesday, the Union Health Ministry directed the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to monitor the cases on a daily basis and urged people not to panic.

Health Minister J P Nadda chaired a high-level meeting to review the activities for prevention and control of Zika virus on Tuesday and stressed the need to undertake exhaustive control measures, including fogging, while strengthening surveillance to facilitate early detection of cases.

During the latest outbreak of the virus, the first case surfaced on September 22, when an 85-year-old woman with no recent travel history tested positive for the virus.

( With inputs from PTI )

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