WHO CONFIRMS OUTBREAK OF ZIKA VIRUS IN INDIA

WHO says “First case of zika virus traced in India provides evidence of circulation of virus in the country”.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed the outbreak of Zika Virus in India. The first three cases of Zika Virus has been reported from Ahmedabad. All the three cases found are from the same city.

Although cases were detected in February and November last year, and January this year but didn’t get any attention till Saturday. On Saturday when WHO confirmed the three cases it’s has got a fire.  A pregnant women has also been detected to be affected by the virus.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare – Govt. of India (M0HFW) has reported three confirmed cases of Zika Virus from western state of  Gujarat. However on being asked about the precautions and seriousness of government in this regard, a state official said standard protocols are applied and nothing to worry. Immediately after the cases are reported, the Health Ministry has shared some national guidelines and action plan against the rising cases.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has tested more than 34000 human blood samples and 12647 mosquito samples for determine information for the extent to which it is flourished. However researchers from the globe are investigating the Traces of Another Type Of Mosquito Found That May Carry Zika Virus.

What is Zika Virus?


Zika Virus is a mosquito born flavivirus . It is  transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected Aedes Aegypti  female mosquito. This mosquito generally bites during the day. The incubation period of the disease borne is not yet clear, but is likely to be a few days. The virus can spread by vertical transmission ( from mother to child) during pregnancy. Its symptoms are similar to that of dengue.

Symptoms


Symptoms include :

  • Mild Fever
  • Skin Rash
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Muscle Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Headache

 

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