Zika Virus Detected in Ahmedabad, WHO Confirms First Three Cases in India


The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed first three cases of mosquito-borne Zika virus, including a pregnant woman, reported from Bapunagar area of Ahmedabad.

No new cases of the non-fatal disease have since been found.

“The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare – Government of India (MoHFW) reported three laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus disease in Bapunagar area, Ahmedabad District, Gujarat, State, India,” the global health body said in a statement.


According to the statement, the routine surveillance detected a laboratory-confirmed case of Zika virus disease through RT-PCR test at B J Medical College in Ahmedabad.

The UN agency said patient were a 64-year old man, a 34 year old mother and a 22 years old pregnant women.

The first infection was detected in February 2016 a 64-year-old male at BJ Medical College (BJMC), second a 34-year-old woman delivered a baby at BJMC on November 9, 2016 and during her stay in the hospital she developed a low-grade fever after delivery and the third one is a 22-year-old pregnant woman in her 37th week of pregnancy was tested positive for Zika virus disease.

There is no treatment or vaccine for the Zika infection.


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