Uttar Pradesh reported its first case of Zika Virus from Kanpur.
While speaking to ANI, Dr Nepal Singh said, “Yesterday, one person infected with Zika virus, was found in Kanpur. He is an Indian Air Force personnel. We have formed teams as soon as we received the information. With the help of 10 teams, we started taking precautionary action in his residential area and the workplace.”
Furthermore, he added, “House to house survey, line listing, fogging, cleaning was undertaken with the help of municipality. 22 samples of his close contacts, who were symptomatic, were sent to King George`s Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow for testing.”
The Centre on Monday sent a multi-disciplinary team to Uttar Pradesh after the state’s first Zika virus case was reported from Kanpur.
The team comprises an entomologist, public health specialists and gynaecologist drawn from the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, National Center for Disease Control and Dr RML Hospital, New Delhi to assist the State Health authorities for control and containment measures of the Zika virus disease.
What is Zika virus disease?
The infection was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in monkeys. It was later identified in humans in 152 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania.
This disease is a viral disease transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Aedes mosquitoes usually bite during the day, peaking during early morning and late afternoon/evening. This is the same mosquito that transmits dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.
Zika is also transmitted from mother to fetus during pregnancy. Moreover, it can be transferred through sexual contact, transfusion of blood and blood products, and organ transplantation.
A majority of those infected with Zika virus disease either remain asymptomatic (up to 80%). Otherwise show mild symptoms of fever, rash, conjunctivitis, body ache, joint pains. Zika virus infection should be suspected in patients reporting an acute onset of fever, maculopapular rash and arthralgia, among those individuals who travelled to areas with ongoing transmission.