3 more cases of Zika virus confirmed in Kerala, total number of cases of infection 41- Health Minister Veena George
Three more cases of Zika virus infection have been reported in Kerala, after which the total number of infected people has increased to 41. State Health Minister Veena George said on Wednesday that five patients infected with Zika virus are undergoing treatment. The minister said in a press release that two residents of Anayara, 26 and 37, and a 25-year-old resident of Petta were confirmed to have Zika virus.
He said that the infection was confirmed in the virology laboratory of Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. He said that at present the condition of all the infected is satisfactory. Earlier on Tuesday, a 49-year-old woman was found infected with the virus in Kulathur, Thiruvananthapuram.
The Health Minister said last Wednesday that the area most affected by Zika virus infection has been identified within a 3-km radius of Anayara and steps are being taken to eliminate mosquitoes so that they cannot spread to other places. . Most of the cases of infection in the state have been found in Anaira.
Minister Veena George had said that in view of Zika infection in the capital Thiruvananthapuram, a control room has been set up at the District Medical Office. The decision to set up control rooms and fogging etc. to eliminate mosquitoes was taken in a special meeting last week.
Symptoms usually last 2-7 days
The virus is spread by the Aedes mosquito that spreads dengue and chikungunya. The Aedes mosquito is known to bite generally during the day, especially in the morning and evening. Currently, 86 countries and territories have reported evidence of Zika virus from mosquito spread. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), outbreaks of Zika virus disease have been reported in Africa, Asia and America.
Symptoms of Zika include fever, skin rash, and joint pain, similar to those of dengue. Although most people infected with the Zika virus do not have symptoms, some may develop fever, muscle and joint pain, headache, restlessness, pimples and conjunctivitis. These symptoms usually last for 2-7 days. There is currently no vaccine to treat or prevent Zika virus infection.