After Kerala, now the first case of Zika virus has been reported in Maharashtra. News agency ANI quoted the Maharashtra Health Department as saying, “The first case of Zika virus has been reported in Maharashtra. A 50-year-old female patient was found in Purandar tehsil of Pune district. However, the patient is fine.”
Zika virus also reached Maharashtra, confirmed in 50 year old woman from Pune.
The first case of Zika virus has been reported in Maharashtra. Zika virus has been confirmed in a 50-year-old woman resident of Purandar tehsil of Pune district.
At the same time, cases of Zika virus are increasing continuously in Kerala. Kerala Health Minister Veena George said on Saturday, “Two more people have been confirmed with Zika virus in the state. With this, a total of 63 people have been detected with the virus in the state. At present there are 3 active cases.”
Virus spread by the bite of Aedes aegypti
The Zika virus is mostly transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, primarily Aedes aegypti. This infection is mostly found in tropical and sub-tropical regions. The Aedes mosquito bites mostly during day time or evening time. This mosquito is the cause of diseases like dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever etc.
Symptoms of Zika are similar to those of dengue, including fever, skin rash, and joint pain. But in the majority of cases, there are no symptoms. Zika virus can paralyze the patient. This can cause birth abnormalities in pregnant women.
What is Zika Virus and its symptoms?
According to the official website of WHO, Zike virus disease is mainly caused by a virus spread by Aedes mosquitoes, which bite during the day.
The symptoms of Zika are similar to those of dengue and are generally mild. These include fever, rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, restlessness, or headache. Symptoms usually last for 2-7 days. Most people with Zika virus infection do not develop symptoms.
An increased risk of neurological risk is associated with Zika virus infection in adults and children, including Guillain-Barré syndrome, neuropathy, and myelitis.
Where was this virus found for the first time?
Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted flavivirus, first detected in monkeys in Uganda in 1947. It was later identified in humans in Uganda and Tanzania in 1952. Outbreaks of Zika virus disease have spread to Africa, America, Asia and the Pacific.
Prevention and treatment.
There is no specific treatment or vaccine for the Zika virus, and research on the Zika vaccine is ongoing. The United Nations health agency recommends people with symptoms get plenty of rest, drink fluids, and “treat pain and fever with common medications.”
The WHO says that Zika virus infection can be prevented only by avoiding mosquito bites. Special attention should be paid to preventing mosquito bites in pregnant women, women of reproductive age and young children.