PMC Inspects 500 Houses Amidst First Zika Virus Case in Pune

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PMC Inspects 500 Houses Amidst First Zika Virus Case in Pune

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Pune : In response to a Zika virus case that was discovered in Pune on Wednesday, the Maharashtra health department has advised all districts to increase surveillance protocols.

After a 64-year-old Pratiknagar, Yerawada resident tested positive for Zika, there are now seven cases of the virus documented in the state this year.

The five-kilometer perimeter surrounding the Yerawada case report has been under surveillance by the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) health department.

PMC Health Department official said that they have started fumigation and visited 500 houses in Pratiknagar, but they have not found any cases with Zika symptoms. No community samples that raise suspicions have been collected. Given that the woman has visited Kerala in the past, the southern state is the source of the infection in this instance. They implore locals to adhere to preventative measures.

On November 11, the woman’s test results showed that she had the infection; this is the first Zika case to be reported in Pune City this year. The woman left on September 25 and returned on October 14 from Chennithala village in Kerala. Her symptoms included fever, aches in her body, rashes, and weakness. On November 7, she was admitted to the Jehangir Hospital and was released on November 11.

She tested positive for Zika infection on November 11, according to the joint director of health services at the National Institute of Virology, Pune.

The woman’s five family members’ blood samples have been forwarded to NIV. Although there are no symptoms, reports are awaited for verification.

The Zika virus is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, which is also responsible for spreading dengue and chikungunya. According to officials, the majority of people infected with the Zika virus either show no symptoms at all (up to 80%) or only mild symptoms like fever, rash, conjunctivitis, body aches, and joint pains.

According to state officials, Belsar village in Purandar tehsil in Pune district reported the state’s first Zika case in July 2021. Two cases from Palghar and one from the Pune district’s Bavdhan were reported in 2022. Pune, Ichalkaranji, Miraj, Kolhapur, Pandharpur, Chembur, and Mumbai have all reported one case this year.

Shreyas Vange