3 more cases of Zika virus confirmed in Kerala, total number of cases of infection 41- Health Minister Veena George

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.

The Center is trying to find a peaceful solution to the Assam and Mizoram border dispute, no plans for a CBI inquiry - officials informed

The Center is trying to find a peaceful solution to the Assam and Mizoram border dispute, no plans for a CBI inquiry - officials informed

The Center has no plans to have a neutral agency like the CBI probe the recent clashes along the Assam-Mizoram border , but is trying to resolve the dispute peacefully at the earliest. Two top government officials said that the central government does not want to take any such decision which will worsen the situation.

He said that the central government wants a peaceful solution to the current border dispute between Assam and Mizoram and Union Home Minister Amit Shah is in constant touch with both the Chief Ministers- Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam) and Zoramthanga (Mizoram). Zoramthanga also tweeted, "I still hope for an amicable solution to the Assam-Mizoram tension from the Center."

He also tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Ministers of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura and Sikkim in his tweet. At the same time, the Chief Minister of Assam said in his tweet, "Our main objective is to keep the spirit of the Northeast alive. What happened on the Assam-Mizoram border is unacceptable to the people of both the states. The border dispute can be resolved only through discussion.

The clash took place on 26 July

Asked whether the probe into the July 26 clash was likely to be handed over to a neutral agency like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), both the top government officials said no decision has been taken in this regard yet. Five Assam policemen and a civilian were killed and more than 50 people were injured in the clash. Apart from this, neither state of Assam or Mizoram has made any formal request for a neutral agency to conduct an inquiry, he said.

One of these officials said, "Both the state governments are cooperating and the central government is confident that there will be no more clashes on the border." FIRs have been registered against political leaders, police and civil administration officials. Both the government officials mentioned the steps taken to reduce tension along the Assam-Mizoram border.

On July 28, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla.

The Chief Secretaries and Director Generals of Police of both the states participated in a meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on July 28 in which it was decided to deploy a neutral force (CRPF) at the conflict site. Earlier, the two chief secretaries had met in a bilateral meeting in Delhi. After this, the central government issued an advisory to both the states asking them to maintain peace on the inter-state border. Both officials said the July 26 violence was a "sporadic" incident and such incidents are unlikely to happen again in future.