Cases of the Zika virus have been recorded in Kerala. Symptoms and treatment options are described.

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By: Priyanka Sikdar

Last Update: 2021-07-09 14:11:58 IST

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Kerala Health Minister Veena George announced on Thursday that a 24-year-old pregnant lady was diagnosed with the Zika virus, which is spread by mosquitoes.

Cases of the Zika virus have been recorded in Kerala. Symptoms and treatment options are described.

Kerala Health Minister Veena George announced on Thursday that a 24-year-old pregnant lady was diagnosed with the Zika virus, which is spread by mosquitoes.

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

According to the minister, thirteen health personnel, including doctors, are suspected of being Zika positive out of the 19 samples supplied from Thiruvananthapuram.

The woman's condition was satisfactory. Despite the fact that 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.

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

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

Fever, rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint discomfort, malaise, or headache are some of the mild symptoms of the mosquito-borne disease. 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, most people infected with the Zika virus do not show symptoms (WHO).

The Zika virus has no specific therapy 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 pain by using acetaminophen.

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

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

 

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