Zika virus was first detected in Jaipur on 21st september of this year. After this the influx of the virus has risen immensely and has led to 50 victims which consist of 11 pregnant females. The virus was infested by Aedes Aaegypti mosquitoes , found in huge number near the Jaipur Rajput’s hostel from where the first case was reported.
Prompting the Rajasthani health department to conduct a review meeting and set up medical teams in Shastri Nagar area , it was found that out of 11,895 houses surveyed so far , 2,269 have been found positive for mosquitoe breeding . Even though no fatalities have been reported so far , it takes a week for the virus to incurable . Hence more cases are being expected by India’s medical fraternity and public health circle.
History of the virus ?
First witnessed in French Polynesia in 2013 and then reported in Brazil during March 2015 . The first outbreak of Zika virus in India was reported in Ahemdabad in January 2017 and the second in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri district in July that year . Both these outbreaks we’re successfully contained through intensive survellsurve and vector management.
About the virus ?
Zika virus disease is mainly spread through mosquitoes. For most , the symptoms are not that prominent, the basic symptoms consist of
- Itching all over the body
- Head ache
- Joint pain
- Red eyes
- Pain behind the eyes
The one set of the virus is seen during daytime and majorly affects pregnant women causing birth defects like microcephaly ( this means the baby will have abnormally small head and can be associated with abnormal brain development) also known as congenital Zika syndrome .
Even though no specific treatment has still been discovered for the virus, wearing full sleeved clothes and using mosquito repellent is the best bet to keep one safe. Some scientists do believe that Zika can be sexually transmitted too. Hence the use of barrier contraception is highly recommended.