ZIKA CROSSES 100-MARK IN KANPUR

On Tuesday i.e., 9th November, as many as sixteen more cases of the Zika virus have come to light. Taking the total tally to 106, there are seven women and nine men freshly infected with the virus.

It has been reported that two of the women out of them are pregnant, although after the ultrasound report the doctors have declared the foetuses healthy as of now.

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) while confirming the news of the new cases has stated about the reports received from the King George Medical University (KGMU) Lucknow, where the patients were tested. The CMO has added that while none of the infected people have shown any extreme symptoms, they are kept in isolation for now as a safety measure. Dr. Nepal has been quoted as saying that “About 100 teams have been deployed in the city for source reduction and 15 teams for home sampling. Also, an additional 15 rapid response teams (RRT) have been engaged to check any further spread of the Zika infection.”

A senior medical officer has stated that a massive sampling campaign will be soon undertaken.

Meanwhile the department of health and the civic staff are working to spread awareness throughout the city regarding the virus, the initial symptoms and the necessary precautions that should be taken by people.

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath is also scheduled to pay a visit to areas affected by the mosquito-borne virus and to meet the family members of the infected people. Reportedly, he will be taking stock of the health facilities that are being provided to them and how the cleanliness drive in the area is coming thorough.

The virus is spread through a bite of Aedes species of infected mosquitoes. They bite usually the day itself. The major symptoms of the Zika virus include rashes, mild fever, conjunctivitis, pain in the muscles and joints and severe headache.

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