Kerala has reported 65 Zika virus instances as on August 2, 2021, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya knowledgeable the Lok Sabha on Friday.
Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram has reported 61 such instances, Ernakulam two instances, and Kottayam and Kollam one case every, he mentioned in a written reply.
Elaborating on the measures taken by the federal government, Mr Mandaviya mentioned the Union Ministry of Health has ready and extensively disseminated Zika motion plan, detailing management and containment actions to be adopted within the occasion of an outbreak.
The ministry conducts vector surveys by way of regional workplaces of the Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, in worldwide airports and their environment within the nation.
The minister additional famous that the Central Cross Checking Organisation (CCCO) of NVBDCP carries out entomological surveys within the assigned worldwide airports of the nation to take care of Aedes breeding free standing.
Advisories are issued to all states and UTs for intensification of vector management actions and availability of pesticides and functioning of fogging machine standing is monitored by way of month-to-month reviews from the state.
Surveillance for microcephaly in newborns is being undertaken underneath the Ministry of Health”s Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), he advised the House.
No rise in instances of microcephaly has been reported from Kerala thus far, he mentioned.
Mr Mandaviya additionally mentioned that central multi-disciplinary groups have been deployed to research and help state well being departments in management and containment actions throughout all these outbreaks.
In the present outbreak in Kerala too, a multi-disciplinary central group had visited Kerala from July 10 to 21, 2021 for aiding state well being division in management and containment measures, he mentioned within the written reply.
Zika virus illness is attributable to a virus transmitted primarily by chunk of Aedes mosquitoes. It is normally a gentle illness manifesting as fever, rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint ache, malaise or headache. (*65*) individuals with Zika virus an infection don’t develop signs.
However, Zika virus an infection throughout being pregnant may cause infants to be born with microcephaly and different congenital malformations, often called congenital Zika syndrome, the reply acknowledged.
The illness was first reported in India in 2017, it added.
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