New Delhi (NM Bureau): In a fresh case of Zika infection, a 85-year old woman, in the popular tourist destination province of Rajasthan in northern India, has tested positive for the mosquito borne virus. The hospital administration has alerted the government on the spotting of the virus and steps are being taken to contain its spread.
The surfacing of the virus back in India was reported by Indian news agency PTI on Sunday quoting Sawai Man Singh hospital administration in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan province. The officials of the medical college though have not given any further details on possibility of any more cases of the virus infection.
“The woman was admitted to the Sawai Man Singh (SMS) hospital on September 11 with joint pain, redness in eyes and weakness but she tested negative for dengue and swine flu. Samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for a test of Zika virus and the report came out positive,” principal of the SMS medical college Dr US Agrawal told media briefing about the case.
I believe this is the first case of Zika virus in the state. The woman, a resident of Shastri Nagar area in Jaipur, was discharged from the hospital a few days ago after her condition improved. The hospital administration has alerted the state health department, he added.
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in monkeys. It was later identified in humans in 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania, according to the World Health Organisation. In India three earlier cases of Zika infections have been spotted two years ago. Although the infection is non-fatal, there is no treatment or vaccine for the Zika infection.
The Zika infection shows symptoms such as mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and body ache.