29 cases of Zika virus in Jaipur, confirms government

The first large outbreak was reported from Micronesia in 2007

The number of suspected cases can not be estimated, said Veenu Gupta, the Additional Chief Secretary of the Medical and Health & Family Welfare Department for the state, adding that samples are being collected daily from all residents in a three kilometer radius.

Rajasthan officials have said blood samples of 450 people, including 168 pregnant women, were taken for tests, and 29 of them tested positive for Zika virus during the recent outbreak.

The teams have so far surveyed 43,000 houses and the state government is also ramping up efforts to raise awareness about the virus and how it can be prevented.

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

First discovered in 1947, the zika virus reached epidemic proportions in Brazil in 2015, when thousands of babies were born with microcephaly, a brain defect affecting speech and motor function. We have standard protocols, and in collaboration with the World Health Organization, we follow them to see whether it is an isolated case or a collective case. The first case was reported on September 24.

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The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Monday sought a comprehensive report from the Health Ministry on the outbreak of Zika virus.

As one of those affected in Jaipur hailed from Bihar and visited his Siwan home recently, the eastern state has issued advisories to all its 38 districts to keep a close watch on people showing symptoms similar to Zika virus infection. "His family members have been put under surveillance". Mosquito menace needs to be checked to control Zika virus from spreading.

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.

As of March 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated there were at least 90 countries and territories with active Zika virus transmissions. According to the government, it handled the both outbreaks successfully. We've standard protocols. ICMR, National Centre for Disease Control & DGHS are monitoring this. There is no vaccine to the virus which can cause severe birth defects in unborn children.

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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