Zika Virus outbreak in Kerala: new concern in India

Recently, Kerala got a high alert. It is because of the outbreak of the Zika Virus. Also, the Union Government rushed a dedicated team of experts to Kerela. As per health officials, 14 cases of Zika Virus are reported.

Earlier a 24-year-old pregnant lady from Parasala in Thiruvananthapuram district was the first to test positive. She tested positive for Zika Virus on Thursday. Health Minister Veena George called for an immediate meeting to generate an action plan. 13 more cases were later on reported. 14 samples out of 19 tested positive for Zika Virus. As confirmed by the National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune.

As informed by the health officials, a vigorous vector control program has started. The entire state is on high alert. The Health Minister assured that there is no need to panic. The infected pregnant woman has no travel history. The spread is local.

During normal delivery, the pregnant lady gave birth to a child. Both mother and the child are stable. Sixty samples were sent for testing. The health authorities are busy making arrangements to test the sample at the NIV regional center at Alappuzha.

A surveillance team, vector control experts, and entomology units were deployed to the place of the infected person.

The team ensured necessary precautions to prevent the spread.

Lav Agarwal, health joint secretary is monitoring the situation. The Centre has deployed a six-member team to Kerala.

The spread of the virus is mainly by mosquitoes. But only a few people die due to Zika Virus. Only one in five develop symptoms.

Also, Kerala’s COVID-19 cases remain quite high. On Friday, Kerala reported 13,563 fresh covid cases. Having a high test positivity rate of 10.4 percent.

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