The Zika virus has spread beyond Kanpur, with two cases detected in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh’s state capital. More than 16 cases of mosquito-borne disease, were reported from Kanpur on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
In Lucknow’s Hussainganj and LDA Colony regions, one positive Zika virus case was identified, said Ved Vrat Singh, Director General, Medical and Health in the Uttar Pradesh government. Before this, one case was found in the Kannauj district.
KP Tripathi, Lucknow’s officer in charge of vector-borne illness control said that both patients are in good health and they have no signs or symptoms of Zika virus, samples have been taken from acquaintances and foggy and anti-larva treatment has been done near their residences. He concluded that there will be more sampling.
Zika virus cases are increasing rapidly as they are rising in many districts of Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, there is a total of 106 cases in which there are seven women and nine men.
Two of the pregnant women are from the Chakeri district of Kanpur, which is the epicentre of the Zika virus. On Saturday, one patient from the neighbouring Kannauj district tested positive.
What are the causes of the Zika Virus?
Zika virus is spread by the female Aedes aegypti. Zika virus is a type of transmitted virus in which a mosquito-borne flavivirus is primarily transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. Generally, these mosquitoes bite during the daytime. Zika virus is linked to dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and West Nile viruses since it belongs to the Flaviviridae family and genus Flavivirus.
Zika virus is enclosed and icosahedral, like other flaviviruses, and possesses a nonsegmented, single-stranded, 10 kilobase positive-sense RNA genome. It is one of the two known viruses in the Spondweni virus lineage and is most closely linked to the Spondweni virus.
Zika fever is also known as the Zika virus.
What are the symptoms of the Zika virus?
Most cases of Zika virus have no specific symptoms but when it happens then they can be usually mild and appears as dengue fever. According to the reports, till now, the Zika virus has not caused any death during the beginning of the infection.
The mild symptoms that can be seen while having Zika fever (Zika virus) are fever, joint pain, red and soared eyes, headache and maculopapular rash ( a type of rashes in which skin gets red and is covered with small connected bumps).
These symptoms remain the same for approximately seven days. Although, infections in a pregnant woman during pregnancy causes microcephaly ( a medical condition in which Zika virus can cause smaller head rather than normal head ) and also brain deformities in some babies.