Kanpur has become a hotspot with 36 cases of Zika virus infection

With 25 other people who tested positive for Zika in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, the city has now become a hotspot for the virus.

The total number of cases in the city now stands at 36.

Kanpur District Magistrate Vishal G Iyer, who held an emergency meeting with health officials on Wednesday evening, said, “All 25 patients are in stable condition and there is no need to panic. All new patients are in isolation at home and special teams have been formed to monitor their health.

“One patient from the previous cases was transferred from home isolation to the Kanshi Ram Trauma Center.”

The most recent cases of the Zika virus were reported from the civil and army bases in the Chakeri area of ​​Kanpur.

A warning was announced within a radius of 30 km and a massive vector control drive was also started.

The district administrator said: “I personally appeal to all residents to ensure that no standing water collects in their house or the surrounding area. The fogging exercise and sampling are in full swing. We must all work together to overcome this. ”

The first case of the Zika virus was reported from Pardewanpurwa, Chakeri on October 23, after a 57-year-old Indian Air Force officer tested positive for the virus.

He was later admitted to the Air Force Hospital, where doctors said his condition was stable.

These are the
Main symptoms found in humans and usually lasting 2-7 days –

  • Mild to high fever
  • Rashes
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • headache
  • malaise
  • Nausea and vomiting

How can the Zika virus be diagnosed?

If you have any of the symptoms, test your blood or other body fluids such as urine or semen.

How do Zika virus infections spread?

The Zika virus is primarily transmitted through the bite of the Aedes mosquito, which normally bites during the day. However, it can also be passed from mother to fetus, unprotected sexual contact with an infected person, transfusions of blood and blood products, and organ transplants.

How can you protect yourself from this virus?

  1. The most recommended way to protect yourself is to wear light-colored clothing that covers the maximum area of ​​your body.
  2. Keep windows and doors closed to prevent flies and mosquitoes from entering.
  3. Apply mosquito repellants to skin or clothing that contain DEET, IR3535 or Icaridin, which are mentioned on the WHO-required product label.
  4. Young children and pregnant women should sleep under mosquito nets to protect them from infected mosquitoes.
  5. Avoid collecting / storing water as these mosquitoes will multiply in such conditions.
  6. Travelers traveling to these infected areas should take reasonable precautions.

With inputs from IANS


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