Maharashtra Reports First Zika Virus Case


Mumbai: Maharashtra on Saturday confirmed its first case of Zika virus after a 50-year-old woman patient from Purandar area in Pune district tested positive for the infectious disease.

According to the health department, several cases of fever were reported from Belsar village in Purandar tehsil from the beginning of July. Five samples were sent to National Institute Of Virology (NIV), Pune, for testing and three of them tested positive for Chikungunya.

Thereafter, an NIV team visited Belsar and Parinche villages between July 27 and July 29 and collected blood samples of 41 people. Out of these, 25 tested positive for Chikungunya, three for Dengue and one for Zika virus.

Meanwhile, the Pune district administration has requested people not to panic. It has said that the case was detected owing to the proactive work by the teams on the field. The administration said it is working hard to contain the spread.

Kerala reported its first case of Zika virus in a pregnant woman on July 8 and out of the 63 current cases, three are active and none of them is hospitalised, according to officials.

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