This development comes few days after the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) sought a comprehensive report from the Health Ministry on the outbreak of Zika virus after 29 people were tested positive in Rajasthan's Jaipur. At least 10 of the new cases were reported from Jaipur's Shastri Nagar locality, according to PTI.
Women in their first trimester of pregnancy are being paid particular attention, said Veenu Gupta, the additional chief health secretary of Rajasthan.
The official said of the total patients, 38 are doing fine after treatment. A team of the National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR) collected fresh mosquito samples from various parts of Jaipur.
The state health department has also issued an advisory for pregnant women staying outside the affected area to not visit Shastri Nagar. At the meeting, measures taken to control the spread of the virus were discussed.
Most of the cases which have been reported are from Shastri Nagar area here where fogging and other anti-larvae activities are being carried out to prevent the spread of the virus.
A control room has been activated at the National Centre for Disease Control to monitor the situation.
The Centre has also provided the Rajasthan government with information, education and communication material to create awareness about the virus among the public.
The virus, transmitted through the aedes aegypti mosquito, causes fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain.
The first case of the mosquito-transmitted virus was witnessed in Gujarat's Ahmedabad in January 2017, the second was witnessed in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu in July past year. It is harmful to pregnant women, as it can lead to microcephaly, a condition in which a baby's head is significantly smaller than expected, in newborn children. Both these outbreaks were successfully contained through intensive surveillance and vector management, the ministry had said earlier.