Zika patients cross 100 mark in MP, 11 pregnant ladies under diagnosis – The Hitavada


Zika patients cross 100 mark in MP, 11 pregnant ladies under diagnosis

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Nov 2018 11:36:42


Staff Reporters,

Zika virus infection is quickly spreading its wings in Madhya Pradesh. Breaking all records, number of Zika virus infected patients has reached over hundred in State. Out of 241 suspected Zika virus cases, 109 positive patients have been detected so far, the data of State health services reported.

Dr Ajay Kumar Badonia, Deputy Director of Madhya Pradesh Health Services, speaking to ‘The Hitavada’ said that on Monday, Zika virus reached Raisen, Sagar and Narsinghpur too. Health Department reported first ever patients of Zika virus in Raisen, Hoshangabad, Narsinghpur and Sagar too. He told that Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL) has detected 241 patients of Zika virus infection. There reports have been sent to National Institute of Virology and it has confirmed 109 Zika virus patients, 89 suspected cases are found negative while results of 43 cases are awaited till date. He said that the patient detected in Narsinghpur basically work and stays in State capital so possibly he got infected in Bhopal and detected positive in Narsinghpur.

But on safer side, the Health Department has started collecting samples of suspected Zika patients in Narsinghpur and surroundings. Dr Badhonia added that 11 expectant mothers are detected Zika virus positive. Telling about the number of deaths by zika virus infection, Dr Badhonia said that Zika virus infection is not a fatal disease. It can only be linked with some physical disorder but it cannot cause death. That means person infected with Zika virus can suffer physical and mental disorder, even after infection gets cured. Dr Badhonia said that the biggest concern about Zika virus infection is that it can cause microcephaly.

Microcephaly is a rare neuro-developmental condition which results in an abnormally small skull with an underdeveloped brain. In fact, foetus in expecting mother who gets infected by zika virus infection in the first three months of pregnancy might suffer microcephaly.

He suggested expecting mothers to visit nearest medical entity and get medically tested. He also advised expecting mothers to take medical help from the experts in case they suffer zika virus infection during pregnancy. “In the wake of rising zika virus, dengue and chikungunya cases, the Health Department is following all the required precautionary measures. He told that department has also constituted 170 teams for active larvae survey in State capital and likewise in other districts of Madhya Pradesh. This teams of health experts visit the houses of suspected patients. Medical experts say that the zika virus infection can be transmitted by Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes, whose range is 400 to 500 meters.

Therefore, these larvae survey teams of health experts inspect larvae near the houses and 400 to 500 meters surroundings of suspected zika virus patients. Also municipal corporation and Health Department is ensuring continuous fogging with finest pesticides”, said Dr Ajay Kumar Badhonia, Deputy Director of Health Services, Madhya Pradesh.

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