Five new cases of Zika virus have been detected in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The cases of Zika virus have been on the rise since January 2018 with a total of 140 cases being reported so far. Out of the 140 patients that were infected, 131 have recovered from it.

 

Jaipur, Oct 20 (PTI) Eight new cases of Zika virus were detected in Jaipur Saturday, taking the total number of infected people to 117, a Rajasthan health department spokesperson said.
Out of the total 117 patients, 98 have recovered after treatment, he said.

The state health department also formed a five-member committee on Saturday to investigate, examine and track Zika virus disease in pregnant patients of first trimester. The committee will submit the report to the director public health from time to time, an order said.

Most of the cases which have been reported are from Shastri Nagar area here where fogging and other anti-larvae activities are being carried out to prevent the spread of the virus.
The virus, transmitted through the aedes aegypti mosquito, causes fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain. It is harmful to pregnant women, as it can lead to microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head is significantly smaller in newborns.

In India, the first outbreak was reported in Ahmedabad in January 2017 and the second in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri district in July that year. Both these outbreaks were successfully contained through intensive surveillance and vector management.

The disease is under surveillance of the Union Health Ministry although it is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern under WHO notification since November 18, 2016.

 

According to the Center of Disease Control of the United States, here are some ways to protect yourself from the Zika Virus.

Here are some tips:

  • Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes bite during the day and night.
    Prevent Zika by avoiding mosquito bites.
  • Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.
  • Zika can be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners. Condoms can reduce the chance of getting Zika from sex. Condoms include male and female condoms.
  • No vaccine exists to prevent Zika.
  • In 2018, no local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission has been reported in the continental United States.
  • The mosquitoes that can spread Zika are found throughout the United States.

Here is the Full Guide from the CDC: Zika Guide

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