5 MORE ZIKA CASES RE­PORTED IN RA­JASTHAN

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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.

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