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PTI Bhopal
Updated: 03-11-2018 17:48 IST

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

said Saturday.

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

more details.

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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