Zika Virus Outbreaks in Ahmedabad , WHO confirms 3 cases in India

As per the WHO statement, launched on Friday instantly after the situations were revealed, the Health Ministry had distributed the national guidelines and action plan on Zika virus disease have been distributed to the states to avoid an outbreak of the disease and containment of spread in case of any outbreak

India’s first three situations of the Zika virus were revealed between Feb 2016 and Jan 2017 in Ahmedabad. It said the Center verified the three situations, in two expectant mothers and in an elderly man, on May 15, 2017.

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The disease is spread by daytime-active Aedes mosquitoes and an infection during maternity can cause beginning problems in infants known as micrcephaly–a condition in which babies’ head is unusually small. It is classified by mind damage and may cause other problems like loss of vision, hearing problems, and even convulsions.

Mild fever, develop skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain or a headache are some of the symptoms of this disease. These symptoms normally last for two to seven days. An illness during maternity can cause beginning problems in infants known as microcephaly.

The development comes close on the heels of the Union health ministry’s resolve to fight dengue in the country, with over a lakh situations revealed last year. On May 16, Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda and many other authorities such as the Director General, ICMR had repeated the need to counter dengue occurrence.

No vaccine for dengue or Zika virus is available in the marketplaces yet and WHO suggests basic safety measures for protection from insect attacks for those travelling to high-risk areas, especially expectant mothers. These include the use of repellents, dressed in a light coloured, fully sleeve tops and trousers and guaranteeing rooms are fitted with screens to avoid mosquitoes from coming into.

With verified Zika virus situations in India, the federal govt would need to step up its initiatives to counter the outbreak of yet another vector-borne disease.