Pune: The first case of Zika virus infection has been recorded in Maharashtra. A 50-year-old woman from Pune’s Purandar region was also tested positive for Chikungunya. But it was cured.
Her blood was obtained as part of normal surveillance to rule out mosquito-borne illnesses after some residents in Belsar and Parinche villages in Purandar taluka started showing dengue/chikungunya-like symptoms in early July.
According to the health department, three of the five samples sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune for testing were positive for Chikungunya.
An NIV team visited Belsar and Parinche villages between July 27th and July 29th and took blood samples from 41 persons. Twenty-five were infected with Chikungunya, three with Dengue, and one with Zika.
Following the discovery of the first Zika virus case in Maharashtra, the state’s surveillance apparatus has increased fever surveillance in seven nearby villages, including Belsar (Purandar), where the patient lives with her family, in an effort to limit the epidemic.
On Saturday, the state’s rapid response team came to the region and spoke with local residents about the safeguards they must take. In addition, the village’s health department will undertake a door-to-door survey.
Only Kerala had previously recorded cases of Zika virus infection this year. There are already 63 cases of Zika virus in the southern state. Aedes mosquito, which are also carriers of Dengue and Chikungunya, carry the virus are the main reason for the spread of the disease.
The first Zika virus infection was discovered in Gujarat in 2017 and then in Tamil Nadu in 2018. In late 2018, there were large outbreaks in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
Zika Virus Symptoms:
Fever, body pains, rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint discomfort, malaise, and headache are all common Zika virus symptoms. According to the World Health Organization, symptoms last between 2 to 7 days, and the majority of persons who are infected do not show any signs or symptoms.