ZIKA VIRUS CASES RISE TO 51 IN RAJASTHAN
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 51 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 been found in some mosquitoes taken as samples from Sindhi Camp, while a few mosquitoes collected earlier from the densely-populated Shastri Nagar had already been found to be carrying the virus, leading to suspicion that they are behind the outbreak.
The first case had surfaced on September 22 when an 85-yearold woman with no travel history tested positive for the disease. Fogging and other anti-larvae activities are being carried out in Shastri Nagar to prevent the spread of the virus.
Earlier, a health department official had said 30 patients tested positive were doing fine after treatment.