Zika virus outbreak under control in western Indian state: official

NEW DELHI, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) – The spread of Zika virus has been brought under control in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, state health minister Kalicharan Saraf confirmed on Saturday.

Speaking to Xinhua, Jaipur, Saraf said, "There have been no deaths in the state two to Zika virus so far, and all of the 136 patients who were affected by Zika virus have been treated and are doing well now. "

The problem was that it was not a shortage of medical facilities in the state.

The state's health minister on Wednesday visited the Zika-affected areas in Jaipur's Shastri Nagar area, according to the local media.

Later, the minister told the media that the situation was under control in the city.

"There are sufficient medicines available … The samples of those suffering from fever or showing symptoms of Zika virus are being sent to the S.M.S. Hospital for further tests.

Zika virus is spread by daytime-active Aedes mosquitoes. Its symptoms includes fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, and headache.

This is the third Zika virus outbreak in India since January 2017.

The first outbreak of Zika was reported in India in January 2017 in the western state of Gujarat, while the second outbreak was reported in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in July 2017. Both outbreaks were contained.

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