Zika Virus Alert: Mosquito in Chikkaballapur Tests Positive; Vigilance Heightened for Fever Cases and Pregnant Mothers
Zika Virus Alert: Mosquito in Chikkaballapur Tests Positive; Vigilance Heightened for Fever Cases and Pregnant Mothers

Chikkaballapur, Karnataka: In a recent development, the Zika virus has been detected in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka, prompting the health department to launch extensive monitoring efforts for fever cases in the region. Simultaneously, comprehensive safety guidelines are being formulated, and necessary preventive measures are being initiated.

The health department undertook meticulous mosquito testing in the vicinity of Talakayalabetta village, situated in Shidlaghat taluk, where the Zika virus was identified in one of the mosquito specimens. Presently, the department is in the process of conducting an exhaustive survey of the area, with some relief stemming from the fact that symptoms of the disease have not manifested in humans. The district administration is taking an abundance of precautionary measures and has issued a public alert, covering a radius of approximately five kilometers from the location where the infected mosquito was found, encompassing the entire village.

District Health Officer Mahesh informed us that Talakayalabetta is home to over 5,000 residents, all of whom will undergo thorough health examinations supervised by the health department. Notably, particular attention is being given to expectant mothers. As of now, no confirmed cases of Zika virus have been reported within the district, according to Mahesh.

Health department officials have diligently collected around 100 samples from various parts of the state, including six from Chikkaballapur. Out of these samples, five have tested negative, while one has returned positive for the Zika virus. Moreover, samples from individuals suffering from persistent high fever have been sent for testing, enhancing the surveillance and diagnostic efforts.

The Zika virus primarily spreads through the bites of Aedes mosquitoes, which are also responsible for transmitting Dengue and Chikungunya. Notably, in December 2022, a five-year-old girl in Karnataka's Raichur district was diagnosed with the Zika virus, leading to the issuance of comprehensive safety guidelines by the Karnataka government. Concurrently, a Zika virus case was reported in a man from Maharashtra around the same time. The health authorities remain on high alert, intensifying efforts to contain the virus and protect the health of the community.

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