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Three cases of Zika reported in Gujarat, confirms Health Ministry
In a shocking statement, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that there had been three cases of Zika virus in Ahmedabad.

This has been confirmed by the Health Ministry. Though the Health Ministry has claimed that there is no need to worry, it has not made it clear that under which provision of the public health policy, it had not made the news public.

The WHO had earlier issued a statement saying that three confirmed cases of Zika virus disease were detected in a routine surveillance. The cases have been detected at BJ Medical College (BJMC), Ahmedabad.

"The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare - Government of India (MoHFW) reported a laboratory-confirmed case of Zika virus disease in Bapunagar area, Ahmedabad District, Gujarat, State, India," WHO said in a statement.

"The routine laboratory surveillance detected a laboratory-confirmed case of Zika virus disease through RT-PCR test at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The etiology of this case has been further confirmed through a positive RT-PCR test and sequencing at the national reference laboratory, National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune on 4 January 2017 (case 2, below). Two additional cases (case 1 and case 3), have then been identified through the Acute Febrile Illness (AFI) and the Antenatal clinic (ANC) surveillance," the press release states. 

The three cases that have been detected include a 64-year-old man. This was the first Zika case that was reported. In another case, a 34-year-old pregnant woman was reported to have been infected with the Zika virus.

In the third case, a 22-year-old pregnant lady had been infected with the life threatening virus. Incidentally, all the samples that tested positive were collected at BJMC. 

The Health Ministry has, however, not yet provided any reason as to why it took more than 4 months to report the first case to the WHO.

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