Zika cases in Ra­jasthan reach 55

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - NATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent and PTI let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

JAIPUR/ NEW DELHI: More cases of Zika virus were de­tected in Jaipur Satur­day tak­ing the to­tal num­ber of in­fected peo­ple to 55, a Ra­jasthan health depart­ment of­fi­cial said.

The fig­ure was is­sued by the depart­ment af­ter a re­view meet­ing chaired by the ad­di­tional chief sec­re­tary (med­i­cal and health) Veenu Gupta.

The of­fi­cial said of the to­tal pa­tients, 38 are do­ing fine af­ter treat­ment. Union Health Min­istry of­fi­cials said fresh mos­quito sam­ples have been col­lected from var­i­ous parts of Jaipur by a team from the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Malaria Re­search (NIMR).

Ra­jput Hos­tel on Sta­tion Road was quar­an­tined from Fri­day evening af­ter six stu­dents were found to be zika pos­i­tive. Two po­lice­men have been de­ployed out­side the gate to stop stu­dents from go­ing out.

With the cen­tral bus stand at Sindhi Camp si­t­u­ated just 300 me­tres away from Ra­jput Hos­tel, the risk of the in­fec­tion spread­ing from the hos­tel re­mains high. “This is the rea­son we have quar­an­tined Ra­jput Hos­tel.

Thou­sands of peo­ple travel to dif­fer­ent parts of the state and out­side the state from Sindhi Camp and we do not want to risk zika virus disease spread­ing,” said an of­fi­cial re­quest­ing anonymity.

All the stu­dents and staff of the hos­tel are be­ing mon­i­tored, said Dr VK Mathur, di­rec­tor of pub­lic health.

Thirty-eight, in­clud­ing the preg­nant women, have re­cov­ered and six are be­ing kept in an iso­la­tion ward at Health and Fam­ily Wel­fare Train­ing Cen­tre at Heera Bagh in Jaipur.

This virus, which spreads through the bite of an in­fected aedes ae­gypti mos­quito that breeds in clean wa­ter, can prove dan­ger­ous to preg­nant women, that too in first trimester as it puts the un­born child at risk of mi­cro­cephaly, a birth ab­nor­mal­ity in which the child’s head is smaller than nor­mal.

“Six stu­dents suf­fer­ing from zika virus disease have been kept in iso­la­tion at Health and Fam­ily Wel­fare Train­ing Cen­tre at Heera Bagh in Jaipur.

“We are not in­fected, but still not al­lowed to go out of the hos­tel, but what about peo­ple who are com­ing into the hos­tel? Won’t they be af­fected by com­ing into the hos­tel?” said San­deep Singh, 23, who is do­ing his LLB.

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