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No leave for doctors as Zika virus spreads in Jaipur

Chief secretary DB Gupta conducted a video conferencing with all the district collectors on Thursday and directed CMHOs not to allow doctors and medical officials to go on leaves in affected areas.

Rimjhim Jethani | Updated:
October 12, 2018 11:06 am

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Jaipur: Big claims being made by the Rajasthan medical and health department to rein in on Zika cases are falling flat as the virus is spreading in Jaipur. The majority of cases were reported from Shashtri Nagar, but now people are being diagnosed with Zika virus in Sindhi Camp area too. The state government has terminated leaves for doctors and medical staff at government hospitals in affected areas.

Three more people were diagnosed with Zika virus from Sindhi Camp area. The number of Zika patients has gone up to 32 in Jaipur. Chief secretary DB Gupta conducted a video conferencing with all the district collectors on Thursday and directed CMHOs not to allow doctors and medical officials to go on leaves in affected areas.

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Three students were diagnosed with Zika virus in a hostel in Sindhi Camp area on Thursday.
The medical and health department teams have surveyed over 35,000 households in Jaipur as part of the screening, diagnosis and treatment exercise. The teams are watching out for any symptoms with special attention to pregnant women.
Chief Secretary DB Gupta instructed district collectors to ensure effective prevention activities and treatment for any reported case of the seasonal disease.
The medical teams have been camping Shastri Nagar for the past three days as several Zika cases were reported from there.
Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects including neurological disorder and brain Damage. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

First published: October 12, 2018
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