22 tested positive in Jaipur, PMO seeks detailed report

Health Ministry officials said that suspected cases and mosquito samples in the defined area are being tested

Health Ministry officials said that suspected cases and mosquito samples in the defined area are being tested

Soon after the reports of 22 people been affected of a deadly virus, Zika, surfaced, Prime Minister's Office (PMO) issued a notice seeking a detailed report from the health ministry over the outbreak of the life-threatening virus.

The Siwan resident, who studies in Jaipur, visited home between August 28 and September 12 to appear for an exam.

An unidentified health ministry official said the department had discovered that Chourasia contracted the virus in Siwan district itself. The ministry of health and family welfare deputed a seven-member high level central team to Jaipur immediately following the detection of the first case to assist the state government in taking containment measures. Reports add that a National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has also been activated to undertake regular monitoring situation.

"A total of 22 positive laboratory-confirmed cases have been detected".

A private TV channel reported that Rajasthan Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf confirmed an alert has been declared. "Since there is seamless travel between these states, the health authorities will have to be careful", said Sunil Gupta, additional director, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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"They have been told to send all such samples to the viral research and diagnostic laboratories for confirmatory tests of rare virus strains like Zika", she added.

The state government has been supplied with information, education and communication (IEC) material prepared to create awareness about Zika virus and its prevention strategies.

Zika virus disease is an emerging disease now being reported by 86 countries worldwide. Most people infected with Zika will show no symptoms or will have only mild symptoms of fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis and, possibly, muscle pain and headaches that may last for several days to a week.

The disease continues to be on disease surveillance radars of Union Health Ministry although it is no longer a public health emergency since November, 2016, according to a World Health Organisation notification.

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