Eight test positive for Zika in Jaipur

Eight people, of which three are pregnant women, have tested positive for Zika virus infection in Jaipur, Rajasthan.The first case was reported in September last week.

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JAIPUR: Eight people, three of them pregnant women, have tested positive for the Zika virus in Jaipur, reports Intishab Ali. The first case was reported in September-end.

Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito and can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. It is also transmitted through sexual contact.

The health department has directed compulsory tests on pregnant women with fever in the Shastri Nagar area. There are 318 would-be mothers in the locality.

Over 20 samples were sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune, and results of the remaining samples are awaited.

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