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Zika virus: Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur caseload escalates to 66 with 30 new cases

Today’s rise in cases is the highest one-day rise in infections in Kanpur since the city reported its first case on October 23.

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Kanpur, First Published Nov 5, 2021, 1:04 PM IST
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Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur has added as many as 30 fresh cases of Zika Virus on Thursday, escalating the tally in the city to 66, informed Chief Medical Officer Dr Nepal Singh. The Chief Medical Officer said, “30 more people have tested positive for Zika virus in Kanpur city of Uttar Pradesh. With this, the total tally has gone up to 66.”

Today’s rise in cases is the highest one-day rise in infections in Kanpur since the city reported its first case on October 23. The infections were reported outside the three-kilometre radius marked as an area of special interest by health officials, according to a Hindustan Times report.

According to stats, of the new cases, three of the infected are women and 27 are men. With three more infected, the number of women patients have now escalated to 21, till Wednesday, the number of women, including four girls, was 18. Singh said Thursday's confirmation increases the total cases in the district to 66 which includes 45 males and 21 females.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that spreads through the bite of an infected Aedes species of mosquito named Aedes aegypti. According to the World Health Organisation, the Aedes mosquitoes usually bite during the day, peaking during early morning and late afternoon or evening.

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The Indian Air Force station area in Kanpur reported UP’s first Zika virus case on October 23 when a warrant officer tested positive for the infection. Three more cases were also discovered consequently from the IAF station area.

Today’s fresh 30 cases confirmed on Thursday have been reported from new localities such as Bhavanipur and Koyla Nagar, which are beyond the three-km radius area that the health department marked as areas of special interest.

District Magistrate Vishak G Iyer said that source reduction and door-to-door sampling and cleaning are being done continuously by medical teams and surveillance teams. People have been advised to check mosquito breeding. They have also been appealed to cooperate with the Civic and Health departments team in eliminating the breeding points and larvae of mosquitoes, DM said further.

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