29 cases of Zika virus in Jaipur confirms government

Zika can cause birth defects in babies born to mothers infected with the virus

"I want to assure citizens of India that everything is under control and there is no need to panic", Health minister JP Nadda said.

A seven-member high-level central team is in Jaipur to assist the state government and a control room has been activated at the National Centre for Disease Control for monitoring of the situation, according to the health ministry.

At least 32 people, including three pregnant women, have tested positive for Zika in Jaipur and the health ministry has said the outbreak was under control. Around 170 teams of medical and health department are engaged in the combing operation in the area.

The first was reported in Ahmedabad in the western Gujarat state around January 2017 with three confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organization.

As a precautionary measure, the state health department has directed medical colleges and chief medical and health officers to take necessary steps by making micro plans as per the guidelines of the Union Health Ministry to curb Zika virus spread, Gupta said.

As of March 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated there were at least 90 countries and territories with active Zika virus transmissions.

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This is India's third outbreak since 2017.

Veenu said residents of Shatri Nagar area store water in containers for a long period that result in mosquito breeding. We've standard protocols. ICMR, National Centre for Disease Control & DGHS are monitoring this.

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The Zika virus, transmitted through the Aedes aegypti mosquito, causes fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain. The World Health Organization announced in November 2016 that the Zika virus is no longer a public health emergency of worldwide concern, but India's Health Ministry continues to monitor it.

It is harmful to pregnant women, as it can lead to microcephaly, a condition in which a baby's head is significantly smaller than expected, in newborn children.

"The situation continues to be monitored regularly", the ministry said in a statement late on Monday. The virus was not considered a major health threat until a major outbreak in Brazil in 2015 revealed that it can lead to severe birth defects when pregnant women are infected.

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