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First case of ‘Zika Virus’ reported in Kerala; 13 others suspected for the same

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Along with 13 other suspected cases of the virus from Thiruvananthapuram, one confirmed case of Zika Virus has been reported in Kerala. In the first case of Zika virus in Kerala, a 24-year-old pregnant woman has of Zika virus in Kerala, a 24-year-old pregnant woman has been diagnosed with the mosquito-transmitted disease, State Health Minister Veena George said on Thursday.

The woman, hailing from Parassalai who is undergoing treatment at a private hospital while she delivered her baby on July 7. The condition of the woman, say doctors, is stable.

The symptoms of Zika virus include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. The virus is spread through the Aedes species of mosquitoes, which is found in high density across the state. Aedes mosquitoes, which are also carriers of dengue, breed in stagnant freshwater and rest mostly indoors.

Mosquito 1 The North-Eastern Chronicle

Currently, there are no vaccines or cure for Zika virus. The virus was first isolated in 1947 in Uganda’s zika forest.

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