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Zika virus strikes India; 3 cases reported in Ahmedabad

The threat of Zika virus is now active in India, as the WHO has confirmed three cases of Zika infection in Ahmedabad district, Gujarat. This was declared in the latest outbreak news published by the World Health Organization (WHO). An excerpt from the outbreak news published by WHO reads, “The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare-Government of India (MoHFW) reported three laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus disease in Bapunagar area, Ahmedabad District, Gujarat, State, India.” Earlier, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had examined thousands of samples, but there was no trace of Zika virus. The samples were collected from more than 34,000 individuals and more than 12,000 mosquitoes. 500 mosquito samples were also collected from the Bapunagar area, but they had turned out to be negative.

However, during a routine laboratory surveillance being conducted at BJ Medical College in Ahmedabad, a sample tested positive for Zika virus. This was detected using the RT-PCR test. Another two cases tested positive for Zika virus using the Acute Febrile Illness (AFI) and the Antenatal clinic (ANC) surveillance. In view of the Zika threat, authorities in the state have launched a massive drive to contain the virus. More tests are being conducted across the Ahmedabad district and all laboratories have been informed and equipped to deal with the Zika virus.

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