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Kerala issues alert after Zika virus was detected

As of now 14 cases of Zika virus has been found in Kerala.

The state government authorities in the state of Kerala of south India recently issued a warning after 14 cases of the Zika virus were detected. Among these cases, a 24-year-old pregnant woman was also found to carry the Zika virus. It has also been found that all the detected cases were found in the healthcare workers.

Kerala is currently considered a hot-spot for Covid-19 cases and on top of the Zika virus alert can clearly make the state’s medical infrastructure more burdened. Experts say that the Zika virus can be transmitted to newly born babies. The virus can also be transmitted through mosquito bites.

Zika virus can also be transmitted sexually and it has become a risk due to the rising number of cases being detected in Kerala. No vaccines or any cure is currently available for the Zika virus in the world.

Zika virus symptoms include fever, skin rashes, muscle pains, joint pains, conjunctivitis, and in some cases death. In one of the cases, the newborn baby from the Zika virus-infected mother has tested negative.

The state government health officials said that they are monitoring the Zika virus cases in the country and precautions are being taken to contain the spread of the virus. In the years 2017 and 2018, India saw a big outbreak of Zika virus cases. In the coming weeks, the full scale of the Zika virus spread will be known as more tests will be conducted and new cases reported.

The following YouTube video from ‘Crux’ shows the new Zika virus scenario in Kerala.

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