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Zika virus: US eases travel warning for India

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NEW DELHI : The US health protection agency Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has relaxed its December 2018 travel advisory to India over Zika outbreak. This has been done after a letter was written to CDC by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Dr Balram Bhargava, director ICMR, had written to CDC to withdraw or modify the travel advisory. Dr Bhargava provided evidence of the contained outbreak in India and data on human and vector surveillance for Zika in India.

“The communication was successful in ensuring modification of the travel advisory on March 27, 2019. The status of our country has now been changed from ongoing outbreak to current or past transmission but no current outbreak,” a press statement of ICMR said.


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