Bhopal: Zika virus case count reaches 6 in Bhopal

 After three more patients tested positive for Zika virus, the tally of Zika virus affected patients went up to six in Bhopal till Sunday. The health department has sent the samples reconfirmation test to National institute of virology (NIV) Pune. The laboratory would also ascertain the presence of known mutations in Zika virus linked to fetal microcephaly and high transmissibility in Aedes mosquitoes. Health department will intensify fever surveillance in containment as identified and mapped in the micro-plan.

All known contacts of the primary case shall be followed up for a period of two weeks. All fever cases within the defined area or febrile cases among the contacts will be tested for Zika virus disease. There shall be active entomological surveillance in the defined area. ICMR would also test pre determined samples of Aedes mosquitoes from this defined area for the presence of Zika virus. All pregnant women in the defined area will be under surveillance for febrile illness.

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