Zika Virus Spreading Rapidly as 7th Case Reported in Pune

Zika virus

Pune city authorities reported its seventh Zika incidence, with a 45-year-old lady testing positive in Kothrud. The majority exhibit mild symptoms; pregnant women are at risk. The city has recorded another incidence of Zika, a mosquito-borne illness, bringing the total to seven, civic officials said on Tuesday.

The most recent case involved a 45-year-old lady from Dahanukar Colony in Kothrud.
According to local officials, on June 26, the woman complained of fever, joint pain, and skin rashes, so she went to a private hospital. Following a preliminary health checkup, the doctors at the hospital suspected Zika virus infection and sent her samples to the National Institute of Virology (NIV). On Tuesday, the NIV confirmed the Zika virus contraction.

“The total number of cases now stands at seven, and reports on some samples are awaited,” said Dr Rajesh Dighe, assistant health officer at PMC. PMC announced the first Zika infection on June 20, and civic authorities began taking action. Of the seven instances recorded, two are pregnant women from the Erandwane area.

The Zika virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, which also transmits dengue and chikungunya. The majority of persons infected with Zika are asymptomatic (up to 80%) or have moderate symptoms such as fever, rash, conjunctivitis, body aches, and joint pain. Zika virus infection in pregnant women can result in congenital microcephaly, Guillain-Barré syndrome, and other neurological problems. The infection can also cause health issues in newborns, such as vision abnormalities, hearing loss, and seizures.

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