ZIKA CASES IN RAJASTHAN RISE TO 51

Deccan Chronicle - - NATION -

New Delhi, Oct. 13: Fresh mos­quito sam­ples have been col­lected from var­i­ous parts of Jaipur by a team from the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Malaria Re­search (NIMR) as the num­ber of Zika pa­tients in the Rajasthan cap­i­tal rose to 51.

Of the to­tal 50 pa­tients who have tested pos­i­tive for the Zika virus, 11 are preg­nant women, sources at the Union Health Min­istry said, adding that af­ter Shas­tri Na­gar area, three stu­dents re­sid­ing at Ra­jput hos­tel in neigh­bour­ing Sindhi Camp have tested pos­i­tive.

The Zika virus has al­ready been found in some mos­qui­toes taken as sam­ples from Sindhi Camp while few mos­qui­toes col­lected from densely pop­u­lated Shas­tri Na­gar had al­ready been found to be car­ri­ers of the virus lead­ing to sus­pi­cion they are be­hind the spread of the in­fec­tion. The first case had sur­faced on Septem­ber 22 when an 85-year-old woman with no travel his­tory tested pos­i­tive for the disease.

Fog­ging and other an­ti­lar­vae ac­tiv­i­ties are be­ing car­ried out in the Shas­tri Na­gar area to pre­vent the spread of the virus. Ear­lier, a health de­part­ment of­fi­cial had said 30 of the to­tal cases were do­ing fine af­ter treat­ment. At a re­view meet­ing held on Fri­day, mea­sures taken to con­tain the sit­u­a­tion were dis­cussed. The num­ber of mon­i­tor­ing teams in Jaipur has been in­creased from 50 to 170 and a spe­cial iso­la­tion ward cre­ated to treat Zika virus-af­fected pa­tients. —PTI

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