After Jaipur and Ahmedabad, Madhya Pradesh becomes the third state to report Zika virus cases.
The Union Health Ministry, comprising of experts from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Emergency Medical Response (EMR), has sent a team of experts following information about three persons being detected with Zika virus, a Health Ministry official said.
“The team will verify the facts and if the information is true, it will assist the Madhya Pradesh government to replicate the measures and action plan, implemented in Jaipur and Ahmedabad, to prevent any possible outbreak of Zika,” he said.
“Because the symptoms of Zika infection is similar to that of dengue and spreads through mosquito bites, it raises concerns,” the official added.
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The state health department has been asked to keep a close watch on people suffering from symptoms of the mosquito-borne disease.
Meanwhile, an intensive screening exercise is being undertaken and vector control measures have been intensified at Ahmedabad after the first case of the mosquito-borne disease was detected this year in Gujarat.
Zika virus, transmitted through the Aedes aegypti mosquito, causes fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle, and joint pain. It is harmful to pregnant women, as it can lead to microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head is significantly smaller than expected, in newborn children.
The state health department has advised pregnant women not to visit the affected areas.
The disease is under surveillance of the Union Health Ministry although it is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern under the WHO notification since November 18, 2016.