Zika – India

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Six more people tested positive for the Zika virus in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, taking the total to 10 in the district.

Local health officials are monitoring patients with zika fever for 14 days and are screening areas within a 3 kilometer radius from the affected patient. They are also actively trying to get rid of mosquito breeding larvae for zika.

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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