Bhopal: 17 pregnant women among 85 test positive Zika

Eighty five Zika positive cases including 17 pregnant women have been reported in Madhya Pradesh.  The rise in zika virus cases in MP is alarming. In Bhopal, total Zika virus cases went to 29 including 5 pregnant.  However, the containment area in Bhopal has been marked to include the areas inhabited by bureaucrats and politicians in 3 km radius of Char Imli.

Central government has directed the state government to make micro-plan and as per the plan, chief secretary BP Singh has instructed the health department for daily review of the situation.  In addition to Bhopal, a survey is being carried on in Sehore, Vidisha, and Sagar districts. Blood samples of 90 pregnant women have been sent to AIIMS for testing. So far 5 pregnant women have tested Zika positive and they are under scanner. The affected areas include Sironj in Vidisha district, a village in Sehore, three localities in Bhopal and a locality in Sagar.

Two persons who tested positive for the Zika virus died over the past week. Of the two deaths, the first was of a 21-year-old man on Tuesday night. The second was of a 19-year-old woman on Thursday, the officials said. But they refused to disclose where exactly the deaths had taken place to prevent the spread of panic. However, according to health department, the deaths were not due to Zika virus. A 21-year-old man died as he was suffering from Japanese encephalitis while a young woman died as she was infected with diabetes mellitus.

Testing facility at Gandhi Medical College
Zika virus testing facilities will be made available at Gandhi Medical College from next week. National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi, will provide kits to GMC, Bhopal. It was informed in meeting held on Sunday after CS BP Singh instruction for daily review under micro-plan to control zika virus. Besides, availability of Kerosene, Ganesh Pump, and Fogging machines was discussed for speedy fogging in the state.

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