Zika Virus in India: The Rajasthan government has issued an alert in the entire state due to the fever of the Zika virus. According to Rajasthan Health Ministry, till now, 7 cases of Zika Virus are being reported as positive. The BJP legislator, the Kaali Phase Sarraf said that it is a matter of concern. People have been told that if any such case comes, then immediate notice should be given. After being found infected with Zika virus, eight people including three pregnant women recently declared positive in Jaipur, for this, the Center Health Ministry sent a high-level team to Jaipur on Friday. In order to take stock of the situation and curb the disease, this team of five people raised information about the Zika Virus from the officials of the Medical and Health Department of Rajasthan.
Zika virus in Rajasthan
The central medical team visited Zika Virus affected areas and took stock of the situation. So far, 7 positive cases have been found in Shastri Nagar area. The Central team has asked for an effort to undertake intensive screening and prevention after visiting here. Meanwhile, Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Venu Gupta also discussed with the team. According to an official of the Health Ministry, in the last week of September, an old woman was found suffering from Zika virus. This was the first case of Zika in Jaipur. Since then, eight more people, including three pregnant women, were found to be suffering from it.
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The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has sought a comprehensive report from the Health Ministry on the outbreak of Zika virus after 22 people were tested positive for the infection in Rajasthan’s Jaipur. As one of those affected in Jaipur hailed from Bihar and visited his Siwan home recently, the eastern state has issued advisories to all its 38 districts to keep a close watch on people showing symptoms similar to Zika virus infection. Zika virus disease is an emerging disease currently being reported by 86 countries worldwide. Symptoms of Zika virus disease are similar to other viral infections such as dengue and include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. In India, the first outbreak was reported in Ahmedabad in January and February 2017 and the second outbreak in July 2017 from Krishnagiri District in Tamil Nadu. Both these outbreaks were successfully contained through intensive surveillance and vector management, the ministry said. 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. PTI PLB SMN