Rajasthan, Bihar, Delhi on Zika Alert, 22 tested positive in Jaipur, PMO keeps an eye

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Oct 9: Update: regular updates are coming from government officials to contain the ZIKA scare.

"There are a total of 29 positive cases so far," says Rajasthan's Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Veenu Gupta, on cases of Zika virus in the state adding, "150-200 teams are conducting a combing operation. 26,000 houses have been surveyed. All cases of fever have been listed. If there is a need to collect samples, we're collecting that on a large scale."

Union Minister JP Nadda has said that there is no need to panic, "Our surveillance is very robust, all such cases get detected. We've standard protocols. ICMR, National Centre for Disease Control & DGHS are monitoring this. I assure people that everything is under control. There's no need to panic."



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The ZIKA scare is here and 22 have been reported positive in Jaipur. PMO has asked for a report from Rajasthan. 

The Zika virus is fatal and causes paralysis in some cases and birth defects in children born to pregnant women affected by it. this is still an emerging disease currently being reported by 86 countries worldwide.

A 7-member high-level team has been deputed in Jaipur to assist the state in control of this deadly disease. The containment measures are also being kept well in place. Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry is on toes and is said to be taking all preventive measures and remedial measures. The Zika virus, which causes paralysis in some cases and birth defects in children born to pregnant women affected by it, is an emerging disease currently being reported by 86 countries worldwide.

“The present outbreak in Jaipur, Rajasthan was detected through the Indian Council for Medical Research surveillance system,” the Centre said in a statement. A high-level Joint Monitoring Group of Technical Experts headed by the director general of health services has met twice to monitor preparedness and response measures.

“Another High-Level Central Team is already placed in Jaipur since October 5 to further oversee and assist containment operations on the field. A Control Room has been activated at the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to undertake regular monitoring of the situation,” it said.