Five new cases of Zika detected in Rajasthan

Total number of cases now stand at 60
Five new cases of Zika virus were detected in Jaipur on Sunday, taking the total number of infected people to 60, a Rajasthan health department official said. The figures were issued after a review meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary, Medical and Health, Veenu Gupta. “Forty-five of the total 60 patients are healthy after treatment,” the official said after the meeting where measures required to contain the situation were discussed. Most of the cases which have been reported are from the Shastri Nagar area here where fogging and other anti-larvae activities are being carried out to prevent the spread of the virus. Till Saturday, door-to-door survey at 76,000 households was conducted in Shastri Nagar and mosquito larvae was found and quarantined in nearly 64,000 households, the officer said. The State health department has issued an advisory for pregnant women staying outside the affected area to not visit Shastri Nagar. The virus, transmitted through theaedes aegyptimosquito, causes fever, 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 newborns.
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