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Kerala reports the first case of Zika virus infection, sample sent to Pune

Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram district announced a total of 13 Zika virus cases on Thursday.

A 24-year-old pregnant lady has been infected with a mosquito-borne disease, and 13 others may also be infected From 19 samples that are sent from Thiruvananthapuram, 13 health workers, as well  doctors, are suspected to be positive for Zika,

The samples collected were Forwarded to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, Zika virus infection was the first goy in a 24-year-old pregnant lady from Parassala Her treatment is going on at a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. The pregnant lady was carried to the hospital on June 28 with a fever, headache, and red patches.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is in process in Kerala, state Health Minister Veena George remarked on Thursday (July 8) that Zika virus cases have been detected in the state. A 24-year-old pregnant lady has been discovered with a mosquito-transmitted disease. Zika virus can generate complications for pregnant women.

“This is the first time that Zika virus has been discovered in Kerala… a 24-year-old pregnant lady discovered at a hospital in the state capital district with fever, headache, and rashes last month. The first results showed symptoms of Zika virus and later from 19 samples tested, 13 also showed Zika positive. All the samples have now been forwarded to NIV Pune,” she said.

“The Health Department and the district officials are seized of the issue and have taken measures by collecting samples of the Aedes species mosquitoes, which spreads it to people through its bite. All the districts have been careful about this and measures have started,” George said.

What is the Zika virus

Zika virus is transmitted mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes bite at all hours of the day and night. Dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever are all transmit by Aedes mosquitos. This virus can be transferred from a pregnant lady to her fetus, resulting in microcephaly and other congenital defects in newborns.

It has also been linked to other complications of pregnancy issues such as preterm birth and miscarriage. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals infected with the Zika virus can also potentially spread the disease to their sex partners.

Sign of Zika virus infection

The sign for the mosquito-borne disease include mild and include fever, rash, conjunctivitis, muscle, and joint ache, malaise, or headache. The groundwork period of Zika virus disease is estimated to be 3–14 days and the indication typically lasts for 2–7 days. Most people with Zika virus infection do not appear symptoms, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Zika treatment

According to US CDC, there is no particular medicine or vaccine for the Zika virus.

Treat the symptoms.

Get plenty of rest.

Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.

Take medicine to reduce fever and pain.

Do not take aspirin and other non-steroidal COX-inhibitor drugs (NSAIDS) until dengue can be ruled out to reduce the risk of bleeding. If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your personal Doctors before taking additional medication.

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