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First case of Zika virus reported in Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri district

11 Juillet 2017

After WHO released information on the status of Zika virus in India, Tamil Nadu reports the first case of the same virus.

The next day, the centre confirmed Zika virus via a real-time PCR test. Further tests at the National Institute of Virology, Pune, too found the urine sample positive for Zika. Talking to reporters here, the Minister said the virus would notprove fatal. Infected people can pass on the virus to others through sex, blood transfusion and via the Aedes mosquito.

The patient in Krishnagiri has recovered completely, said Dr Radhakrishnan, who visited the man at his home over the weekend with health officials. Allaying the apprehensions of the people about the zika virus, he said all necessary precautionary measures were taken by thegovernment to control it. The health officials chose to go public with the discovery to create more awareness about the virus. Dr Radhakrishnan said the patient had developed fever, headache, redness of the eyes and weakness. Over 40,000 suspected cases of Zika have been tested in the country, she said. This is the first case of Zika reported in Tamil Nadu.

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Three positive cases were reported from Gujarat.It is a low-prevalence disease and has so far not been viru lent. However, the government only released the information this May, attracting criticism.World Health Organization termed the findings "low-level transmission" but warned that new cases of the disease linked to babies born with underdeveloped brains could occur in the future.Only past year, the union government had put planned a mammoth exer. The victims, including a pregnant woman were detected in February a year ago, the second in November and the latest one this January.

The Centre has provided King Institute of Preventive Medicine & Research, Chennai, with kits for Zika tests.

Also read Here's how you can protect yourself from Zika virus. The disease attracted worldwide attention in 2015 after an outbreak in northeastern Brazil in 2015.WHO declared Zika a global health emergency in February 2016.

First case of Zika virus reported in Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri district