29 people found positive for Zika virus in Rajasthan


ANIMESH SRIVASTAVA 09/10/2018 18:14 PM
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09-Oct-20189Wje6dLhA61New Delhi, Oct 9: Twenty-nine people from Rajasthan have tested positive for Zika virus, all the people are from Shastri Nagar, Jaipur. The state’s department took around 450 samples for testing, out of which 160 are of pregnant ladies. Among the 29 people, three are women who are expecting children.


Veenu Gupta, additional chief secretary, Medical & Health and Family Welfare Department, Rajasthan said, “The government is not ignorant about the disease and around 150-200 teams along with administrative officials are combing the affected area to search for more people who might be affected.”


She further added that “More than 26,000 homes have been surveyed by officials with the help of teams from the health department along with 29,000 breeding places for the mosquito that carries this virus. We have dedicated all our machinery to contain the disease and five laboratories have been set up in the state in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jhalawar, Udaipur, and Kota for testing of samples.”


According to the officials, the first case was reported on September 23 and the authorities found that the trace of the virus in the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes on September 26.

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