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2 more cases of Zika virus confirmed in Kerala; infection tally reaches 21 | Latest News India

The quantity of individuals affected with the Zika virus in Kerala reached 21 after two more cases had been confirmed on Tuesday. Both the cases are from (*2*) suburbs, state well being minister Veena George mentioned.

“Two more people in the state have been diagnosed with the Zika virus. A 35-year-old resident of Poonthura and a 41-year-old resident of Sasthamangalam. With this, 21 Zika virus cases are confirmed in the state,” mentioned George.

The first case surfaced on Wednesday final week when a 24-year-old pregnant girl from Parasala in (*2*) district examined constructive for Zika virus. Two days later, 14 more individuals had been added to the record.

On July 12 (Monday), a 73-year-old girl examined constructive for Zika virus. On Sunday, three individuals, together with a toddler, had contracted the virus.

The Kerala authorities launched a state-wide vector-borne illness management programme after the cases of Zika virus began surfacing. It additionally organized testing amenities at (*2*), Thrissur and Kozhikode Medical schools and at National Institute of Virology (NIV), Alappuzha.

The well being minister mentioned on Sunday that hospitals have been instructed to check sufferers, particularly pregnant ladies, with fever, rashes and physique ache.

According to consultants, Zika shouldn’t be a significant illness and may be managed with efficient vector-borne illness management programmes. The virus is unfold largely via mosquitoes however it may also be transmitted via casual intercourse and fatality rate amongst sufferers could be very low and just one in 5 develops signs, they added.

Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, which share their borders with Kerala, have elevated surveillance in border districts. Travellers arriving from Kerala via varied modes of transport are being checked on the level of entry akin to bus terminus and railway stations.

Zika virus is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that additionally transmit dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.

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