Three more Zika cases reported in Kerala- The New Indian Express

By Categorical Information Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The presence of Zika virus was confirmed in three extra individuals together with a one-year-old baby within the district on Sunday. A 46-year-old man who sought remedy at a personal hospital and a 29-year-old nurse from the identical hospital are the others who have been identified. Their samples have been confirmed at a lab in Coimbatore. To date, 18 instances of Zika virus have been reported from the district, the primary being that of a pregnant girl who was identified on Thursday. This was adopted by 13 extra instances amongst healthcare staff in a personal hospital the subsequent day. 

Following the primary incident, the well being division collected 17 samples and all of them turned damaging. From the 27 samples of the second batch, certainly one of them turned constructive on Saturday. The newest three that turned constructive are from the eight samples despatched because the third batch.

In the meantime, the well being division has arrange Zika testing services at medical school hospitals (MCH) in Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Thrissur and Kozhikode, after procuring 2,100 testing kits from the Nationwide Institute of Virology, Pune. The Thiruvananthapuram MCH acquired 500 triplex kits that may detect dengue, chikungunya, and Zika virus, in addition to 500 singleplex kits that can be utilized just for detecting Zika virus. Alappuzha NIV acquired 500 singleplex kits and Thrissur and Kozhikode MCHs acquired 300 singleplex kits every. 

Well being Minister Veena George mentioned Zika testing will likely be expanded to extra authorities labs when extra check kits grow to be obtainable. The Public Well being Lab will quickly have the power, she mentioned. There are 27 authorities labs with RT-PCR testing services within the state.The division has drawn up an motion plan to combat the mosquito-borne illness with a particular give attention to pregnant ladies, because the illness is taken into account to have extreme influence on pregnant ladies particularly through the first 4 months into the time period. “Hospitals have been directed to conduct Zika checks on folks with signs reminiscent of fever, rashes and physique ache,” mentioned the minister.

Zika is detected utilizing blood and urine samples by way of the RT-PCR check. NIV Pune has advisable using blood samples. 5 milliliters of blood of a suspected Zika-infected particular person will likely be collected and the serum will likely be separated from it for conducting the check. As much as eight hours will likely be required to get the outcomes. A polymerase chain response (PCR) check is carried out to detect genetic materials from a selected organism, on this case the Zika virus. If the PCR check is to find out Covid, nasal swabs are used.

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