Zika virus case detected in Kanpur, first in Uttar Pradesh

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Zika virus case detected in Kanpur, first in Uttar Pradesh

The first case of Zika virus in Uttar Pradesh has been detected in Kanpur. According to officials, the patient is an Air Force personnel living in the Pokharpur area of Kanpur.

The health department sent the patient’s samples to Pune for testing. After his result came out to be positive, the area was sanitised by the municipal corporation.

Kanpur’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Nepal Singh said at least 200 people who were in close contact with the patient have been isolated and his complete history is being checked.

Before Uttar Pradesh, cases of Zika virus were detected in Kerala and Maharashtra.

What is Zika virus?

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Zika virus is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. It was first identified in humans in Uganda and Tanzania in 1952.

Symptoms generally include mild fever, rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, or headaches. Most symptoms can last for two-seven days. The virus can also be transmitted through sexual intercourse.

Experts have also figured out an association between Zika virus infection and adverse pregnancy and fetal outcomes.

Also Read | Zika virus: Is the disease fatal? Here’s everything you need to know about the virus

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