New Delhi, Jan 28: Zika virus is spreading in an unprecedented manner with around 3 to 4 million victims already registered by the World Health Organization. Indian Medical Association has issued a stern warning to pregnant women, advising them to avoid visiting tropical and sub-tropical nations, mostly falling in the regions of Africa and Latin America. The virus is being spread through mosquitoes in a manner similar to dengue. (ALSO READ: France warns pregnant women against travel to Zika-hit nations)

Zika is mostly affecting newborn babies causing extremely high fever. The disease is also being linked to microcephaly, the disease which damages cells of newborn babies’ brain causing smaller head size for entire life. The ailment is uncurable. Currently, high instances of microcephaly has been reported from Columbia, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, Caribbean islands, Niger, Egypt, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Uganda. There is a threat that the virus may spread to Asian nations including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

According to Indian Council for Medical Research in New Delhi, efforts have to be initiated to prevent the nation from the deadly disease outbreak. Based upon the rising cases of dengue in India, it appears that India offers the most fertile condition for Zika virus to breed. Similar to Dengue mosquitoes, the Zika insects also breed in clean water. The tropical climate prevalent in the nation also assists the virus to multiply.