13 In­dian na­tion­als test pos­i­tive for Zika in Sin­ga­pore Fish­er­men file plea op­pos­ing Shivaji statue off city coast

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Badri Chat­ter­jee badri.chat­ter­jee@hin­dus­tan­times.com

In­dia said on Thurs­day that 13 of its na­tion­als have tested pos­i­tive for the Zika virus in Sin­ga­pore which is bat­tling an out­break of the mos­quito-borne dis­ease linked to babies born with ab­nor­mally small heads and un­der­de­vel­oped brains.

“Ac­cord­ing to the Sin­ga­pore min­istry of health, these pa­tients are show­ing mild symp­toms and have ei­ther re­cov­ered or are re­cov­er­ing. Their re­cov­ery process is be­ing mon­i­tored closely,” for­eign min­istry spokesper­son Vikas Swa­roop said.

He, how­ever, did not iden­tify the peo­ple or their states.

“Since Sin­ga­pore’s data pro­tec­tion law is very strict, the pa­tien­tre­lated details will not be made public un­less those 13 peo­ple want it to be made public.”

No ad­vi­sory against trav­el­ling to Sin­ga­pore has been is­sued till now, of­fi­cials said.

At least 115 peo­ple are said to be in­fected by the virus in Sin­ga­pore, half of them from China, In­dia and Bangladesh.

Zika is trans­mit­ted to peo­ple through the Aedes ae­gypti mos­quito, which also spreads dengue, chikun­gunya and yel­low fever.

Only 20% peo­ple de­velop symp­toms, which are sim­i­lar to dengue and chikun­gunya and in­clude of mild fever, skin rash, con­junc­tivi­tis, mus­cle and joint pain and fa­tigue that last for two to seven days. About 80% of peo­ple in­fected don’t have symp­toms.

In preg­nant women, Zika in­fec­tion may cause birth de­fects mi­cro­cephaly — un­usu­ally small heads — and other brain ab­nor­mal­i­ties in babies in the womb. In­fec­tion may also cause Guil­lain-Barre syn­drome, a rare neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­der that causes paral­y­sis.

There is no treat­ment or vac­cine for Zika in­fec­tion.

Plans for a grand Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji statue in the Ara­bian Sea, off the Mum­bai coast, have been op­posed by fish­er­men who fear it will dam­age the en­vi­ron­ment and de­stroy the fish­ing in­dus­try.

The Akhil Ma­ha­rash­tra Machi­mar Kriti Samiti (AMMKS), a group rep­re­sent­ing the fish­er­men, filed a public in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion (PIL) with the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal, Pune, ac­cus­ing the Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment, Union en­vi­ron­ment min­istry, Mum­bai Port Trust and the Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment En­gi­neer­ing Re­search In­sti­tute (NEERI) of get­ting en­vi­ron­men­tal and Coastal Reg­u­la­tion Zone (CRZ) clear­ances for the project with­out con­sult­ing cit­i­zens.

“The project will de­stroy around 110km of coastal area near Mum­bai, nat­u­ral aquatic, marine eco-sys­tem and it will af­fect the liveli­hood of tra­di­tional fish­er­men,” read the pe­ti­tion filed by Damodar Tan­del, pres­i­dent, AMMKS, along with marine con­ser­va­tion­ist Pradip Patade. An NGT bench of jus­tice Dr Jawid Rahim and Dr Ajay Desh­pande heard the pe­ti­tion on Wed­nes­day and is­sued no­tices ask­ing the gov­ern­ment agen­cies to send their rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the next hear­ing on Septem­ber 30.

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