Even as the WHO has confirmed India’s first three cases of Zika virus in Ahmedabad, the state government on Sunday said there is “no reason to worry” since effective measures were being taken.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) had confirmed that three persons, including a pregnant woman, were infected in Ahmedabad city by the mosquito-borne virus.
“There is no epidemic situation. The three cases are isolated ones. All the patients have recovered and are in good condition,” Gujarat Chief Secretary J.N. Singh said at a hurriedly convened press conference here.
He claimed 1.25 lakh blood samples had been drawn to check for the virus.
The cases were reported from the industrial suburb of Bapunagar area in Ahmedabad. The patients were a 64-year-old man, a 34-year-old new mother and a 22-year-old pregnant woman.
The first infection was detected in February last year and then in November. The latest case came to light in January this year.
In its statement, WHO said, “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 Zika cases were confirmed earlier this year and the Indian government reported them to the World Health Organisation in March.
The world body did not recommend any travel restrictions to India but noted that the country may see more cases of Zika in the future.
“These findings suggest low level transmission of Zika virus and new cases may occur in the future,” the WHO said and stressed on the need to strengthening surveillance to better monitor Zika virus-related complications.
Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes.
People with Zika virus can have symptoms including mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.