22 Zika virus cases reported from Jaipur, government on high alert – India Today

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A statement issued by the Union Health Ministry said that the situation is being reviewed at the highest level and monitored on a daily basis.

Health Ministry officials said that suspected cases and mosquito samples in the defined area are being tested.

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  • Health ministry said the situation is being monitored
  • A team was sent to Jaipur on October 5 to oversee containment operations
  • Suspected cases and mosquito samples in the defined area are being tested

A total of 22 cases related to Zika virus have been reported in Rajasthan’s capital city Jaipur. The present outbreak in the Pink City was detected through the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) surveillance system. A 7-member high-level central team has been deputed to Jaipur to assist the state government in control and containment measures.

A statement issued by the Union Health Ministry said that the situation is being reviewed at the highest level and monitored on a daily basis by the secretary of health. 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.

Another high-level central team is already placed in Jaipur since October 5, 2018 to further oversee and assist containment operations on the field. Till date, 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.

Health Ministry officials said that suspected cases and mosquito samples in the defined area are being tested. Additional testing kits have been provided to the Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratories. The state government has been supplied with IEC material prepared to create awareness about Zika virus disease and its prevention strategies.

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 that include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise and headache.

In India, the first outbreak was reported in Ahmedabad in January/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 disease surveillance radars of Union Health Ministry although it is no longer a public health emergency since November, 2016, according to a World Health Organisation notification.

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