3rd Case of Zika Virus Reported in Pune, NIV Testing 13 Samples

Zika Virus

A 47-year-old woman’s blood sample has tested positive for a cross-infection of Zika and dengue virus, officials reported. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) announced another Zika virus case in Mundhwa on Thursday, marking the third infection in the city so far.

The woman exhibited symptoms such as fever, joint pain, and headache. She was admitted to a private hospital in Hadapsar on May 31, where her samples were sent for a Tropical Fever Profile Test to a private laboratory. On June 1, the lab detected both Zika and dengue viruses in her blood serum. However, the hospital only informed the PMC about the case on June 22.

The treating doctor, who requested anonymity, stated, “The patient was given symptomatic treatment for the infection. Given the symptoms, we suspected a dengue infection, but the reports detected both Zika and dengue. The treatment approach remained the same for both infections. She was successfully treated and discharged from the hospital on June 3.”

Dr. Rajesh Dighe, Assistant Health Officer of PMC, said, “During surveillance, we have taken samples from 13 people, including the 47-year-old woman and her three family members. All 13 samples, including those from people living nearby, have been sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) for Zika infection testing.”

He added, “The woman tested positive for Zika virus infection according to reports from a private laboratory. Therefore, we have repeated her samples and sent them to NIV.” Officials confirmed that samples from the woman, her mother-in-law, and her two children have been sent to NIV.

Earlier, on June 20-21, Zika virus infection was reported in a 46-year-old doctor from Erandwane and his 15-year-old daughter.

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