Zika – India

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October 24, 2021 – A confirmed case of the Zika virus has been reported in Kanpur, India. This is the first reported case of the Zika virus in the country. The individual is a male Air Force Station personnel. No deaths have been reported.

The individual was admitted to an Air Force hospital on Saturday, October 23, 2021. He was presenting with symptoms such as a fever. Lab analysis was conducted and Zika infection was confirmed.

Officials state that the current public health action is the investigation of whether there are other related cases. The origin of the Zika infection is not known at this time. It is likely that the individual may have been exposed to a mosquito that carried the virus, but more is to be investigated in regards to location, environment, etc.

Photo: Electron micrograph of the Zika virus (colored purple).

Zika fever, also known as Zika virus disease or simply Zika, is an infectious disease caused by the Zika virus and spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Most cases have no symptoms, but when present they are usually mild and can resemble dengue fever.

Symptoms may include fever, red eyes, joint pain, headache, and a maculopapular rash. Symptoms generally last less than seven days. It has not caused any reported deaths during the initial infection, but infection during pregnancy can cause microcephaly and other brain malformations in some babies.

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