Zika Virus Cases Rise in India

Zika Virus Cases Rise in India

At least 89 people, including 17 children, have tested positive for the Zika virus as cases in the Indian city of Kanpur soared. According to the Indian Ministry of Health, on Monday (8/11), the Zika virus, which is transmitted through mosquito bites, was first discovered in 1947 and became an epidemic in Brazil in 2015.

Ummatimes - At that time, thousands of newborns had microcephaly, a disorder that causes the baby's head to be smaller. Not only that, the brain is also underdeveloped.

"There has been a spike in Zika cases and the health department has formed a number of teams to contain the spread of the virus," Dr Nepal Singh, chief medical officer of Kanpur district in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, told Reuters.

"There is one pregnant woman and we are paying special attention to her," Singh continued.

Zika cases have been reported in several Indian states in recent years, although the head of the Uttar Pradesh government's health and family welfare agency, Amit Mohan Prasaddan, told Reuters this was the first outbreak in the state. The first Zika case in the industrial city of Kanpur was detected on October 23 and the number of cases has increased over the past week.

"People's test results are positive because we are intensively conducting contact tracing," said Prasad.

Authorities are stepping up surveillance of the outbreak and eradicating mosquito larvae.