After Jaipur in Rajasthan recorded 22 confirmed cases of Zika virus till Monday, the government has put neighbouring states on high alert.
"The situation is being reviewed at the level of Union Minister of Health and monitored on a daily basis by the secretary, health", the ministry said in a statement. A team from the ministry will visit Jaipur today to take stock of the situation.
A control room has been set up at the NCDC to undertake regular monitoring of the situation. According to the officials, the first case of Zika Virus was reported on September 23, following which tests by the authorities established traces of the virus in the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes on September 26. "Additional testing kits are provided to the Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratories", noted the Union Ministry. Most people infected with Zika will show no symptoms or will have only mild symptoms of fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis and, possibly, muscle pain and headaches that may last for several days to a week.
India has sent experts to try to contain an outbreak of the zika virus in the popular tourist destination of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, with a close watch on pregnant women. The state government has been supplied with IEC material prepared to create awareness about Zika virus disease and its prevention strategies.
Reports suggest that soon after the Zika virus was detected in 22 people from Rajasthan, a seven-member high-level central team rushed to Jaipur in order to lend a helping hand at the government hospitals. Both these outbreaks were successfully contained through intensive surveillance and vector management.