Zika virus: 10 more people test positive in UP’s Kanpur, tally rises to 89
The first case of Zika virus was reported on October 23 when a warrant officer of the IAF tested positive for the infection. So far, a total of 3,283 samples has been collected and sent to the KGMU and NIV for testing.
Health teams had collected blood samples of 525 people on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and were sent to the virology lab of the King George’s Medical University in Lucknow and the National Institute of Virology in Pune for testing.
“Of this, 23 samples tested positive for Zika virus,” the district magistrate added. Ayyar also said that health teams have collected samples of 525 people who were in close contact with the infected persons and living in the radius of 3 km of Indian Air Force station hangars for testing.
The first case of the virus was reported in the city on October 23 when a warrant officer of the IAF tested positive for the infection.
So far, a total of 3,283 samples were collected from the city and sent to the virology lab of KGMU in Lucknow and NIV in Pune for testing.
Zika is a mosquito-borne virus and hence, getting rid of mosquitoes is the safe way out, the district magistrate said. To check the spread of the disease, health teams are undertaking sanitisation programmes, including anti-larvae spraying and identifying fever patients, screening seriously ill people and pregnant women.
“We advise the local people not to panic regarding the sudden spurt in Zika virus cases,” Ayyar said.
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