Rajasthan: 29 confirmed cases of Zika virus in Jaipur

Zika Virus

Zika Virus

Around 170 teams of medical and health department are engaged in the combing operation in the area. We've standard protocols. ICMR, National Centre for Disease Control & DGHS are monitoring this.

"I want to assure people of India that everything is under control and there is no need to panic", Nadda said.

India has sent experts to try to contain an outbreak of the zika virus in the popular tourist destination of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, with a close watch on pregnant women.

A seven-member high-level central team is in Jaipur to assist the state government in control and containment measures and a control room has been activated at the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to undertake regular monitoring of the situation, according to the ministry. "The guidelines of Union Health Ministry are being followed", he said. The World Health Organization announced in November 2016 that the Zika virus is no longer a public health emergency of global concern, but India's Health Ministry continues to monitor it.

A NIMR team has visited the colony from where cases were reported and has given its report to the health ministry.

One of those those affected in Jaipur hails from Bihar and recently visited his Siwan home.

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The first was in the western city of Ahmedabad in January 2017 and the second time; it erupted in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in July 2017.

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Veenu said residents of Shatri Nagar area store water in containers for a long period that result in mosquito breeding. These include microcephaly, where babies are born with abnormally small heads and restricted brain development.

The virus can be transmitted through sexual contact, blood transfusion, by needle or from a pregnant woman to her fetus. There is now no vaccine to the virus which can cause severe birth defects in unborn children.

Zika virus was first identified 70 years ago in the Zika forest of Uganda.

The chief secretary directed officers to ease the panic among the people about zika as it is not fatal except in pregnant women in their first trimester.

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