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No need to panic over Zika outbreak in Jaipur, assures Union health minister JP Nadda

An expert team sent by Centre has been monitoring the situation in Jaipur where 22 people tested positive for Zika, and are assisting in containment operations in Rajasthan since October 5.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2018 20:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Union health minister JP Nadda (PTI File Photo)

Despite an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus disease (ZVD) in Rajasthan, Union minister of health JP Nadda said on Tuesday that there was no need to panic and that the situation was under control.

“Our surveillance is very robust, all such cases get detected. We’ve standard protocols. ICMR, National Centre for Disease Control and DGHS are monitoring this. I assure people that everything is under control. There’s no need to panic,” Nadda said.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has asked the Union health ministry for a report on the Zika outbreak after 22 people tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus, which can cause birth defects in unborn babies, in Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur.

The Union health ministry, in a statement on Monday, confirmed the Zika cases in Jaipur so far through the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) surveillance system.

The Centre’s expert team has been monitoring the situation and assisting in containment operations in Rajasthan since October 5.

On Sunday, the Centre also sounded an alert for Bihar after a man from Siwan, studying in Jaipur, tested positive for the Zika virus.

Bihar has issued advisories to all its 38 districts to keep a close watch on people showing symptoms similar to Zika virus infection.

The first outbreak in India was reported in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad in January and February 2017 and the second in July 2017 from Krishnagiri district in Tamil Nadu. Both these outbreaks were successfully contained through intensive surveillance and vector management.

The disease continues to be on the surveillance radar of the Union health ministry although it is no longer a public health emergency of international concern as per World Health Organization’s November 18, 2016, notification.

First Published: Oct 09, 2018 12:54 IST