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New Delhi Correspondent
India has mounted an extensive surveillance and mosquito control measures in Jaipur, one of the most popular tourist spots, in the desert state of Rajasthan after a few cases of deadly Zika virus disease have been reported from there.
A total of 22 positive laboratory confirmed cases have been detected so far and a control room has been activated at the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to undertake regular monitoring of the situation.
All pregnant mothers in the area are being monitored and vector control measures are being taken up in the area, the Indian Health Ministry said in a statement on Monday evening.
The present outbreak in Jaipur, often called Pink city, was detected through the Indian Council of Medical Research surveillance system after which a seven-member high-level medical team was deputed to Jaipur immediately following detection of the first case to assist he state government in launching controlling measures, it said.
The situation is being monitored on a daily basis and a high-level joint monitoring group of technical experts headed by the Director General of Health Services has met twice to monitor the preparedness and response measures.
Another high-level team is placed in Jaipur since October 5 to further oversee and assist disease containment operations on the field.
All suspect cases in the defined area and mosquito samples from this area are being tested and additional testing kits are being provided to the Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratories.
Zika virus disease is an emerging disease currently being reported by 86 countries worldwide. Symptoms of Zika virus disease are similar to other viral infections such as dengue, and include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache.
In India, the first outbreak was reported in Ahmedabad in Gujarat state in January-February 2017 and the second outbreak in July, 2017 from Tamil Nadu. Both these outbreaks were successfully contained through intensive surveillance and vector management.