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Zika virus strikes Rajasthan: First positive case detected in Jaipur
A first illness case in Jaipur has tested positive for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, said news reports quoting the medical college officials. An old woman was admitted to the local Sawai Man Singh (SMS) hospital with joint pain, redness in eyes and weakness, whose blood samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for a test of Zika virus. She was confirmed positive of Zika virus spreading panic in the city.

The symptoms of dengue and swine flu was found the SMS hospitals were found in the ailing women but she tested negative for dengue and swine flu at the local lab. Consequently, the sample was sent to Pune for testing. 

The SMS Hospital authorities have alerted the Rajasthan State Health Department to spread awareness for about precautions against mosquito bites. "Community initiatives are essential to support local government and public health programs to reduce mosquito breeding sites.  Health authorities may also advise use of larvicides and insecticides to reduce mosquito populations and disease spread," also advises World Health Organisation (WHO).

There is no treatment available for Zika virus infection or its associated diseases so far. "No vaccine is yet available for the prevention or treatment of Zika virus infection. Development of a Zika vaccine remains an active area of research," informs WHO on its website.

Along with taking preventions against the daytime bites by mosquitoes, supporting global efforts to implement and monitor vector control strategies aimed at reducing Aedes mosquito populations has been suggested by the WHO.

According to WHO, the Key facts about the virus are as follows

-Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes, which bite during the day.

-Symptoms are generally mild and include fever, rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. Symptoms typically last for 2–7 days. Most people with Zika virus infection do not develop symptoms.

-An increased risk of neurologic complications is associated with Zika virus infection in adults and children, including Guillain-Barre syndrome, neuropathy and myelitis.

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