UP: Family of person infected with Zika virus negative

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh): In Kanpur, the samples of all the family members and close contacts of the Zika virus infected person have come negative.

The health department had collected samples of 22 other persons who are family members or close contacts of the infected, but all of them tested negative.

Commissioner, Raj Shekhar interacted with the family members of the infected person and took details of his close contacts and the places he has visited till now.

A team of senior administrative and health officials visited Pardevanpurwa in Pokharpur where the state’s first Zika case was reported on Saturday and reviewed the steps taken for prevention and treatment of the infection.

Meanwhile, the first Zika patient is undergoing treatment at the Air Force Station Hospital and doctors have declared his condition stable.

The divisional commissioner said, a team from the Union Health Ministry and another team from the state government are also in Kanpur and they are looking into the matter seriously.

They have collected the mosquitoes which will be sent to National Malaria Research Institute (NMRI), Delhi for DNA testing in a day or two, he said.

He said, an expert team of epidemiologists from the Government of India has also reached Kanpur. They will study the past history of the disease.

He said that necessary preventive measures like cleaning and sanitizing the area, identifying and sanitizing the breeding grounds of mosquitoes are being taken.

“We all know that health is a priority sector for the state government, which is taking all possible steps to have the best healthcare facilities and infrastructure,” the commissioner told reporters.

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