5 yr-old-girl tests Zika virus positive

A 5-year-old girl in Karnataka has tested positive for the Zika virus and has been asked to take precautionary measures.

“This is the first case in the state and the government is monitoring the situation very carefully. Our department is well prepared to handle it,’ Health Minister Dr. K Sudhakar, said.

According to the health department in December in the Bavdhan area of Pune, a 67-year-old man was found infected with the Zika virus. On 6 November a man who is a resident of Nashik had come to Pune.

Earlier on 16 November, the man infected with the Zika virus came to Jahangir Hospital with fever, cough, joint pain, and fatigue. Later on 18 November, the man was diagnosed with Zika in a private laboratory.

Meanwhile, the health department said, the patient is stable and has no complications.

“A case of Zika virus reported in Maharashtra. A 67-year-old man patient was found in Bavdhan Pune city, he is originally from Nashik and had come to Pune on November 6, earlier on October 22 he had traveled to Surat. On November 30 National Institute of Virology confirmed the Zika virus infection in him. Currently, the patient is clinically stable and has no complications,” Maharashtra Health Department said.

Moreover, to mitigate future outbreaks an entomological survey of the Zika virus across Pune city is being done.

Post-2016 outbreak in Brazil Zika virus (ZIKV) disease (ZVD) is one of the significant public health diseases of concern. Zika virus is transmitted by the bites of Aedes mosquitoes during the day.

Talking about the symptoms include mild fever, rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, or a headache.

However, several outbreaks of ZVD have been reported from Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands in the Zika forest in Uganda in 1947.

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