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  • India: 3 Zika cases confirmed in Gujarat

    Govt reveals one Zika virus case detected in Ahmedabad

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017-09:41pm , PTI
    Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel said Zika virus is widely prevalent in India.


    Only one case of Zika virus has been detected in Ahmedabad in January and a detailed surveillance thereafter has not shown any other positive cases, the government said on Friday.

    Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, said Zika is an emerging viral disease transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito and it is widely prevalent in India.

    "So far, only one case of laboratory positive Zika virus disease has been detected in Ahmedabad, India as part of routine laboratory surveillance in January, 2017," she said. "Required containment measures were taken up as part of protocol and intensified detailed surveillance both in humans and mosquitoes in and around Ahmedabad and Gujarat did not show any further positive cases," the minister said.
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    see also: https://flutrackers.com/forum/forum/...ia-26-may-2107 WHO: Zika virus infection – India (26 May 2017)
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    • #3
      In Gujarat, government tested blood samples for Zika virus but told patients it was for malaria
      Public health experts slammed the govt for keeping community in the dark about Zika virus detection and for testing them without their consent

      In Gujarat, government tested blood samples for Zika virus but told patients it was for malaria

      While conducting surveillance for the Zika virus in January and February, the Gujarat government collected blood samples from more than 1,000 people. However, the government did not tell the people from whom blood was collected that the samples would be tested for Zika. The surveillance exercise began after the first Zika infection was detected in a 34-year-old new mother on January 4 in Bapunagar in Gujarat.Two more cases – one of a 22-year-old pregnant woman and another of a 64-year-old man – were identified as a part of this surveillance.

      “In patients whose blood was being tested for malaria and dengue, we were collecting an additional sample to test for Zika virus also,” said a senior medical doctor at BJ Medical College in Ahmedabad, which was instrumental in collecting the samples and sending it to the National Institute of Virology for a for Zika.

      Almost 1,200 blood samples were collected from the Bapunagar and Gopalnagar localities of Ahmedabad from people who had had fever. The lab technicians who were collecting the blood sample from the communities were told that the surveillance was for malaria but there was no mention of Zika.
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      • #4
        Press Information Bureau
        Government of India
        Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
        01-June-2017 21:01 IST
        Press Note on Zika Virus Disease

        Cases of vector borne disease (VBD), mainly Dengue and Chikungunya were noticed in the State of Gujarat during post monsoon period last year. The State Government had accordingly planned fever surveillance, vector surveillance and intense vector control activity.

        One of the blood samples collected during laboratory surveillance during this period from Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation limits tested positive for Zika virus. This sample was retested at National Institute of Virology, Pune and was further confirmed through positive RT-PCR test and virus sequencing at National Institute of Virology, Pune on 3rd January, 2017. This sample was from a 34-year-old female patient admitted to hospital with complaints of fever following delivery of a healthy baby. She had no travel history to any Zika affected country.

        Following the first case, the surveillance was further strengthened and thousands of blood samples were tested as only a thorough investigation can detect cases, given that 80 % of the cases are asymptomatic. Acute Febrile Illness (AFI) surveillance and testing of antenatal cases were undertaken by the State Government and ICMR in Ahmedabad. This surveillance in total yielded 2 more cases of laboratory confirmed Zika virus disease (samples collected during January and February 2017). The other two cases include a 22-year-old pregnant woman in her 37th week of pregnancy and a 64-year-old male with 8 days history of fever.

        The Zika virus disease case was reported as part of an answer to a Parliament question raised by Smt. Vanaroja R, MP Loksabha on 17th March, 2017. After due process of investigation and verification of the Zika virus disease cases, WHO was notified of all the three Zika virus disease cases on 15th May, 2017. On 18th November, 2016 WHO had declared that Zika disease infection no longer constituted a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Since WHO had already withdrawn the notification of Zika virus disease as a PHEIC the case was handled as per our existing protocol.

        As a matter of abundant caution, measures to contain local transmission were carried out in the affected area. No further samples taken during antenatal screening and acute febrile illness surveillance have tested positive for Zika virus disease.

        The ongoing country-wide Zika laboratory based surveillance in India has so far tested 36613 human samples and 16571 mosquito samples for the presence of Zika virus. No other sample has been tested positive apart from the three laboratory confirmed cases reported from Ahmedabad.

        India’s response to Zika Virus Disease outbreak

        • Following the Declaration of Zika virus disease as a Public Health emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) in February,2016, Government has been taking adequate steps to prevent, detect and respond to the situation. The notification for Zika being a PHEIC was withdrawn by WHO on 18th November, 2016. However, India continues to maintain high vigilance and surveillance on the issue.

        • National Guidelines and Action Plan (with scenario based approach) on Zika virus disease have been prepared and shared with the States to prevent outbreak of Zika virus disease and containment of spread in case of any outbreak.

        • An Inter – Ministerial Task Force has been set up under Chairmanship of Secretary (Health & FW) with Secretary (Bio – Technology), Secretary (Department of Health Research) as members.

        • The Joint Monitoring Group, a Technical group under DGHS, tasked to monitor emerging and re-emerging diseases is regularly reviewing the situation on Zika virus disease.

        • All the International Airports / Ports have displayed signage providing information for travelers on Zika virus disease and to report if they are returning from any of the affected countries and suffering from febrile illness.

        • Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) is tracking for clustering of acute febrile illness in the community. It has also sensitized its State and District Rapid Response Teams.

        • In addition to National Institute of Virology, Pune, and NCDC, Delhi, 25 laboratories have been strengthened by Indian Council of Medical Research for laboratory diagnosis.

        • In addition, 3 entomological laboratories are conducting Zika virus testing on mosquito samples. 6 more Laboratories staff have been trained for vector surveillance for Zika virus.

        • The ICMR has tested 36613 human samples and 16571 mosquito samples for the presence of Zika virus. No positive case has been detected after the above three cases were found.

        • The Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) is monitoring microcephaly from 55 sentinel sites. As of now, no increase in number of cases / clustering of microcephaly has been reported from these centers.

        • A 24x7 control room (011-23061469) is functioning from Directorate General of Health Services. The situation is being monitored closely.

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        • #5
          From Week 25 outbreak report: http://idsp.nic.in/WriteReadData/l892s/252017.pdf

          GJ/AHM/2017/25/0925 Gujarat Ahmedabad Zika Virus
          Disease (ZVD) 03 cases 00 fatalities 07-01-17 Under
          Surveillance
          Cases reported from Bapunagar, Sejpur and Bodakdev urban
          area of AMC MOH. District and State RRT investigated the
          outbreak. House to house survey done. Out of 270 serum
          samples collected and sent for testing to NIV, Pune for Dengue,
          Malaria and ZVD; 3 found positive for ZVD. All cases treated
          symptomatically. Fever surveillance and source reduction
          activities undertaken. Health education given. Existence of
          outbreak was declared on
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