Kerala reports 5 fresh cases of Zika virus; alert raised in Karnataka-Kerala border
Kerala Health Minister Veena George has confirmed 5 fresh cases of Zika virus taking the total to 28 so far. As cases are on the rise, an alert has been sounded in other parts of the state as well as neighbouring Karnataka especially in Mangaluru.
Kerala which reported 15,000 plus fresh Covid cases has now started to worry more as five more Zika virus cases were confirmed taking the state's total to 28.
State Health Minister Veena George confirmed that a cluster of Zika virus was found in patients within a three-kilometer radius.
While two cases are from Anayara, places like Pattom, East For, and Kunnukuzhy reported one case each after their samples were confirmed for Zika at National Virology Institute in Alappuzha.
Five more people-including four women, have tested positive for the Zika virus in Kerala. Two of the new cases were Anayara residents, where a cluster of the virus had been found within a three-kilometer radius, according to George.
Immediately after the first case was reported on July 9, steps were taken to contain the mosquito-borne disease in these places and the health department intensified its Information Education and Communication program and the state was put on high alert.
Setting up of control rooms and effective spraying and fogging has been taken up and the same would been done for next seven days to kill the infected adese mosquito as well as larvae which causes the illness.
Places like Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Thrissur have been put under high alert and the government has set up testing centers for people with symptoms to get tested.
From fever, headache, joint pain, nausea and others if it continues for more than two days, it is better to get tested as early detection can help.
As Karnataka also borders Kerala, places like Mangaluru and other areas of Dakshina Kannada district have been put under high alert as reports say that the virus can spread through physical contact if a person engages in sex. Officials are asked to monitor travelers coming from Kerala.
Vehicles passing through the checkpoint and entering Karnataka are checked following Covid surge. The officials are already demanding the latest Covid negative certificate for entry. With Zika virus cases in Kerala, now any symptom is taken seriously and travelers showing such symptoms may be asked to get a test report for Zika negative too.
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