Lucknow: In Uttar Pradesh, Zika virus has now progressed beyond Kanpur and two cases of this virus have been reported in the capital Lucknow.
Ved Vrat Singh, Director General of Medical and Health, Government of Uttar Pradesh said that one Zika virus case each has been reported in Hussainganj and LDA Colony areas of Lucknow.
Two cases in Lucknow came to the fore following rising cases of Zika virus in Kanpur district. So far 105 cases of Zika have been reported in Kanpur. One case was reported from Kannauj district and Lucknow is the third district in Uttar Pradesh where Zika virus cases have been reported.
Samples of Zika virus infected in Lucknow were tested at King George’s Medical University here and the report came on Thursday evening.
The official in-charge of vector-borne disease control in Lucknow, K.P. Tripathi said, both the patients (in Lucknow) are stable and have no symptoms. We have taken samples of close contacts and got fogging and anti-larva spray done around their houses. More samples will be taken.
One of the patients is a 30-year-old resident of Hussainganj area of Lucknow. The other is a 24-year-old girl from Krishna Nagar area on Kanpur Road in the state capital.
Tripathi said, we have isolated both the infected and their family members have also been asked to stay at home. Neighbors within an area of 50 meters have been educated about preventive measures against the Zika virus. On Friday, we will check people coming in 100 meters. Area and fogging will be done again during the night.
Uttar Pradesh Health Minister, Jai Pratap Singh said that swift action has been taken to contain the spread of Zika virus, the main cause of its spread, with the first case detected at the Kanpur Chakeri airbase camp. People who came in contact with the affected persons have also tested positive for the virus. Now sensitive groups are being investigated and identified through surveillance.
A vector-borne disease primarily caused by a virus transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, symptoms of Zika virus include mild fever, rash, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache.
According to the World Health Organization, the Aedes mosquito bites mostly during the day. This is the same mosquito that spreads dengue and chikungunya. Zika virus infection is not a serious problem for most people, but it can be extremely dangerous for pregnant women, and especially for the newborn.
Earlier cases of Zika virus were reported in Kerala and Maharashtra.
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