New Delhi, Oct 9: Twenty-nine people from Rajasthan’s Jaipur have tested positive for Zika virus, said senior officials of the state’s Health Department on Tuesday.
According to the officials, the first case of Zika Virus was reported on September 23, following which tests by the authorities established traces of the virus in the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes on September 26.
Rajasthan Additional Chief Secretary (Health), Veenu Gupta on Tuesday said, “So far, there are a total of 29 people who have tested positive for Zika virus.”
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She also informed that 150-200 teams are conducting a combing operation. 26,000 houses have been surveyed and all cases of fever have been listed. She said “If there is a need to collect samples, we’re collecting that on a large scale.”
150-200 teams are conducting a combing op. 26,000 houses have been surveyed. All cases of fever have been listed. If there is a need to collect samples, we're collecting that on a large scale: #Rajasthan Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Veenu Gupta, on cases of Zika virus pic.twitter.com/FAhQlDwBtn
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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.
Meanwhile, The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has sought a comprehensive report from the Health Ministry on the outbreak of Zika virus after 29 people were tested positive.
“A total of 22 positive laboratory-confirmed cases have been detected. A control room has been activated at the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to undertake regular monitoring of the situation,” said the ministry in a statement on Monday.
It said the present outbreak in Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur was detected through the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) surveillance system and all suspected cases in the defined area and mosquito samples are being tested.
According to the ministry, a 7-member Central team was deputed to Jaipur following detection of the first case.
“Additional testing kits are provided to the Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratories. A high-level joint monitoring group of technical experts headed by Directorate General Of Health Services (DGHS) has met twice to monitor the preparedness and response measures,” it added.
Another high-level Central team of the ministry has already been placed in Jaipur since October 5 to further oversee and assist containment operations.
“The state government has been supplied with IEC material prepared to create awareness about Zika virus disease and its prevention strategies. All pregnant mothers in the area are being monitored through National Health Mission (NHM),” it said.
The health ministry also stated that extensive surveillance and vector control measures are being taken in the area as per protocol by the state government.
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.