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22 Zika virus cases detected in Rajasthan

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Rohit Shishodia
The Zika virus is terrorizing people in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The Health Ministry has informed that twenty two cases of Zika have been detected to be positive so far in the outbreak in the Pink City. The detection of cases has been done through ICMR surveillance system.

The ministry has said that the government is monitoring the situation and providing all assistance to the state government including IEC material to create awareness about the deadly virus. Pregnant women are being monitored through NHM.

Samples from mosquitos and suspected cases in the defined area are being tested.  

The symptoms of Zika virus include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. Its symptoms are quite similar that those of dengue. Presently, 86 countries are reporting cases of Zika virus.

The first outbreak of Zika virus was reported in India in January 2017 in Ahmedabad, while the second outbreak was reported in Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu, in July 2017. Both these outbreaks were contained with intensive surveillance and vector management.

A seven member team of experts have been sent to Jaipur by the health ministry to monitor and assist the state team to control the Zika virus outbreak.

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