Kerala reports 10 cases of Zika virus

First case of Zika virus was detected in the blood samples of a pregnant woman

Kerala reported its first identified case of Zika Virus in Thiruvananthapuram district on Thursday. A 24-year-old pregnant woman has been diagnosed with a mosquito-borne viral infection. Reportedly, the woman was suffering from fever, headache and red marks on her body and was admitted to hospital on June 28.
 
She gave birth to her baby on July 7 and currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital in the state. Tests were conducted in the hospital, which reported that she was positive for Zika virus,though she has no history of interstate travel.
 
According to reports, her mother has also somewhat similar symptoms, following which  samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology(NAV) in Pune.
 
The Health Minister told Press Trust of India that another 19 samples were sent from Thiruvananthapuram to NAV, out of which 13 are expected to be positive and are awaiting confirmation. He further added that there is no need to panic as massive vector control measures are being launched to check the new virus.
 
The symptoms of Zika virus are as similar as dengue which include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise and headache.
 
The virus was first reported in Africa and  spread through the Aedes species of mosquitoes which are found in high density across the state.
 
Aedes mosquitoes are also carriers of dengue that breed in stagnant freshwater and rest mostly indoors and pregnant women can be infected seriously and can harm the developing foetus which leads to congenital anomalies.

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