ZIKA VIRUS CASES RISE TO 51 IN RA­JASTHAN

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Press Trust of In­dia let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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