New Delhi: A Rajasthan health department official on Saturday said that more cases of Zika virus were detected in capital city Jaipur, taking the total number of infected people to 55.  Of the total patients, 38 are doing fine after treatment, the official added.  The figure was issued by the department after a review meeting chaired by the additional chief secretary (medical and health) Veenu Gupta.

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). The Zika virus was found in some mosquitoes taken as samples from Sindhi Camp and few mosquitoes collected from the densely populated Shastri Nagar had already been found to be carriers of the virus leading to suspicion they are behind the spread of the infection. Fogging and other anti-larvae activities are being carried out in the Shastri Nagar area to prevent the spread of the virus.

The number of monitoring teams in Jaipur has been increased from 50 to 170 and a special isolation ward created at the Hira Bagh Training Centre to treat Zika virus-affected patients. The Rajasthan government has been provided information, education and communication (IEC) material prepared to create awareness about the Zika virus and prevention strategies.

The virus, transmitted through the aedes aegypti mosquito, causes fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain. It is harmful to pregnant women, as it can lead to microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head is significantly smaller than expected, in newborn children.

 

(With inputs from PTI)