Pune, Maharashtra Reports First Zika Virus Case of the Year; Civic Body Issues Advisory

In Pune, Maharashtra, officials confirmed the first cases of Zika virus infection this year. A 46-year-old doctor and his teenage daughter have tested positive for the virus.

Pune, Maharashtra Reports First Zika Virus Case of the Year

“A 46-year-old doctor and his teenage daughter, residents of Erandwane in Pune city, tested positive for the Zika virus. They have been discharged from the hospital,” said Rajesh Dighe, Assistant Health Officer at Pune Municipal Corporation, as quoted by news agency ANI.

Dighe mentioned that after the patients showed symptoms, a sample from the doctor was sent to NIV Pune. The report confirming the Zika virus was received on June 21st.

“Subsequently, samples from his family were also tested. The daughter tested positive for the virus, while other family members tested negative,” he added.

Meanwhile, a health official from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) informed PTI that while no other suspected cases have been identified in the region, precautionary measures such as fogging and fumigation have been initiated to prevent mosquito breeding.

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What is Zika virus?

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus that humans can get from infected mosquitoes, particularly Aedes species. It causes mild symptoms like fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. However, if a pregnant woman is infected, it can lead to serious birth defects such as microcephaly in babies. Preventive measures include avoiding mosquito bites and practicing safe sex to prevent transmission.

Pune Civic Body Releases Advisory

After confirming these cases, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) conducted a detailed inspection of the area.

“They have issued guidelines to residents, emphasizing the importance of maintaining cleanliness in their surroundings to prevent any potential outbreak,” stated the doctor. He also mentioned that PMC has undertaken preventive measures such as fumigation to contain the virus.

The PMC is advising citizens to adhere to guidelines and take necessary precautions to halt the Zika virus spread. ANI reported that the PMC assured they are closely monitoring the situation and implementing measures to curb the virus’s spread in the city.

“We have initiated public awareness campaigns in the locality and instructed monitoring of pregnant women’s health,” the official stated. While Zika generally does not result in severe complications, infection during pregnancy may lead to microcephaly in the fetus.

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