Measures were initiated
immediately to contain the spread of Zika virus infection
within a three km radius of areas where three cases were
detected in Madhya Pradesh, a senior state medical official
Cases of Zika infection were found in Bhopal city and
Sehore and Sironj districts in MP, said Dr B N Chouhan,
Director, State Health Information, Education Communication
Alert was sounded in these areas after the National
Institute of Virology (NIV) at Pune confirmed these cases, he
"Teams are being deployed to contain the spread of the
disease. These teams would search for larva of the mosquito
and destroy it. Besides, ten teams have been constituted to
collect samples of suspected Zika patients," he said.
The three patients diagnosed with Zika infection are
minors and they are being treated, he said, without giving
The Union Health Ministry had sent a team of experts
from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and
Emergency Medical Response (EMR) after suspected Zika cases
were reported in the state, Dr Chouhan said.
Zika virus, which spreads through the bite of the
Aedes aegypti mosquito, causes fever, skin rashes,
conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain.
It is also considered harmful to pregnant women, as it
can lead to microcephaly in newborn children, a condition in
which a baby's head is significantly smaller than expected.
Zika virus disease is an emerging disease currently
being reported by 86 countries worldwide.
In India, the first outbreak was reported in Ahmedabad
in January-February 2017 and second outbreak in July, 2017
from Krishnagiri District in Tamil Nadu.
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