Kerala all set for Zika virus testing, receives 2100 PCR kits: Health minister

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is all set for conducting Zika virus exams, knowledgeable well being minister Veena George. Within the first part, the exams can be carried out at medical faculties in Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Kozhikode and NIV unit in Alappuzha.

NIV Pune has equipped 2100 PCR kits for testing Zika virus to labs in these centres on Sunday.

1000 kits have been equipped to Thiruvananthapuram medical school. 300 kits every offered to medical faculties in Thrissur and Kozhikode. In the meantime, 500 kits have been equipped to NIV Alappuzha.

500 triplex kits to detect Dengue fever, Chikungunya and Zika and 500 single-plex kits to check Zika virus have been equipped to Thiruvananthapuram medical school. Different labs obtained single plex kits for Zika virus testing, defined the minister.

RTPCR check is carried out to substantiate Zika virus an infection. Samples of blood and urine can be examined to detect the virus. NIV has additionally really useful confirming Zika virus an infection by means of a blood check. 5 ml blood of the suspected Zika virus sufferers can be collected. The serum can be separated from the blood for a PCR check. Round eight hours can be taken for a check.

The minister additionally knowledgeable that Zika virus testing services can be established in additional labs. Aside from medical faculties, public well being labs will present the testing facility.

In Kerala, the RTPCR check is carried out in 27 authorities labs. With the supply of extra check kits, Zika virus testing can be carried out with the permission of NIV.

The minister added that the state has taken efforts to strengthen Zika virus prevention. Hospitals are directed to take sufferers particularly pregnant girls with signs together with fever, rash and physique ache for the Zika virus check.

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