Kerala Health Minister Veena George said on Wednesday that a cluster of Zika virus infections has been identified within a three-kilometer radius of the Anayara area of Thiruvananthapuram. Speaking to reporters after a meeting with officials on the Zika virus situation in the state, Health Minister Veena George said fogging for mosquitoes would be intensified in the affected areas to prevent and contain the spread of the disease.
He said that we have developed a meticulous plan and the rector has decided to intensify the control activities and also intensifying fogging. He said the Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation has intensified the activities and the district administration would also be a part of it and would coordinate all the departments. They will be fogging for the next 7 days.
He said that a control room has started functioning from the DMO office which will work round the clock. Those who have information or doubts about the Zika virus can contact the control room.
The total number of Zika virus cases in the state of Kerala has gone up to 23. The first case of Zika virus was confirmed in Kerala on 9 July. High alert has been issued in all districts regarding mosquito-borne Zika virus. These cases have come to the fore at a time when Kerala is fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Health Minister Veena George has urged the public to be vigilant about the Zika virus. The Health Minister has also directed the District Medical Officer to increase surveillance in the infection-affected areas.
What is Zika virus, how does it spread?
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne infection. The infection is spread by Aedes species mosquitoes. This virus belongs to the Flavivirus genus of Flaviviridae family. Infections like dengue virus, chikungunya, yellow fever, West Nile virus, etc. also belong to this family. When an uninfected Aedes mosquito bites a person infected with the Zika virus, that too becomes infected. After this, any healthy person he bites, he will also infect him. Usually, this mosquito bites only during the day and evening.
symptoms of zika virus
According to the World Health Organization, symptoms of Zika virus disease begin to appear within 3 to 14 days of exposure to the Zika virus. Which can be seen from 2 days to 7 days. However, most cases of Zika virus do not cause any symptoms. Some symptoms of Zika virus are-
muscle and joint pain
to be restless