Zika virus case reported in Kerala for the first time

On Thursday, Kerala Health Minister Veena George said that a 24-year-old pregnant lady has been diagnosed with the Zika virus, which is spread by mosquitos.

Zika is a disease transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. The disease is being reported by 86 countries worldwide

According to the minister, Thiruvananthapuram has 13 other suspected instances of the virus, who added that the government was waiting for confirmation from the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune.

According to the ministry, thirteen health professionals, including physicians, are suspected of being Zika positive out of the 19 samples received from Thiruvananthapuram.

The woman's condition was acceptable. Even though she has no prior travel experience outside of the state, her home is close to the Tamil Nadu border.

Her mother had apparently displayed identical symptoms a week prior, according to a government statement. Fever, skin rashes, and joint discomfort are all signs of Zika, which are similar to those of dengue fever.

What is Zika?

The Zika virus is disseminated mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito that bites during the day. Dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever are all spread by Aedes mosquitos. The virus can be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her fetus, resulting in microcephaly and other congenital abnormalities in newborns.

It has also been linked to other pregnancy problems such as premature delivery and miscarriage. Individuals infected with the Zika virus can potentially transfer the disease to their sexual partners, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Symptoms of Zika virus infection

Fever, rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint discomfort, malaise, or headache are some of the minor symptoms of the mosquito-borne illness. The incubation time for Zika virus infection is believed to be 3–14 days, with symptoms lasting 2–7 days on average. According to the World Health Organization, the majority of persons infected with the Zika virus do not exhibit symptoms (WHO).

Treatment of Zika

The Zika virus has no particular medication or vaccine, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Treat the signs and symptoms.

Make sure you get enough sleep.

To avoid dehydration, drink plenty of water.

Reduce your fever and discomfort by using acetaminophen (Tylenol).

To decrease the risk of bleeding, avoid aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) until dengue fever has been ruled out.

Before taking any new medication, see your healthcare practitioner if you are currently taking medication for another medical condition.

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