Alert issued in India over detection of Zika virus cases

Alert issued in India over detection of Zika virus cases
Alert issued in India over detection of Zika virus cases

In a statement, the Ministry of Health urged all territories to establish constant surveillance for the detection of the disease, especially in pregnant women, and in the event of a positive result, to continue monitoring the growth of the fetus.

She recalled that Zika is associated with microcephaly and neurological consequences in the unborn child; however, she clarified that no such case has been reported since 2016.

In addition, it ordered that an official be assigned to supervise health facilities to keep them free of the transmitting agent.

The state entity emphasized the importance of vector control in residential areas, workplaces, schools, construction sites, institutions and health centers.

He also urged to promote public welfare campaigns on social media and other platforms to reduce panic in the community about the disease.

For timely detection and control of any impending outbreak, it was recommended to ensure availability of adequate logistics at all levels and immediately report detected cases to the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) and the National Centre for Vector Borne Disease Control (NCVBDC), the health authority said.

So far, only eight cases have been reported in Maharashtra, including six in Pune and one each in Kolhapur and Sangamner.

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