Out of the 72 positive cases of Zika virus in Rajasthan, 60 cases have been cured so far. 96,000 houses have been surveyed as of yet by more 280 teams of medical and health department. A total fine of Rs 44,000 has also been imposed on 68 houses where larva was found.
The Union Health Ministry on Monday asked states to check mosquito breeding and intensify vector control strategies to contain the spread of the disease, as the number of people infected with Zika virus in the state increased.
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Sanjeeva Kumar, Additional Secretary (Health), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has asked various state representatives for proper implementation of guidelines as prescribed under the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme for effective control of Zika.
Commenting on the measures being taken to control the virus, a health ministry official said, “States have been asked to intensify vector control strategies which include anti-larvae activities and fogging, and also follow the guidelines as prescribed under the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme for effective control of Zika virus disease.”
States have also been asked to strengthen their surveillance systems.
Maximum cases of the virus have been reported from Shastri Nagar area in Jaipur, where fogging and other anti-larvae activities are being carried out to prevent the spread of the virus, he said.
Fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain are caused by the Zika virus.
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.