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Coimbatore

Zika Case: Health minister says the situation under control

Covai Post Network

Chennai: With the first confirmed case of Zika virus reported Tamilnadu in the Krishnagiri district, Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar today allayed fears and said that all preventive measures were being taken by the government.

Talking to reporters here, the Minister said the virus would not prove fatal.Allaying the apprehensions of the people about the zika virus,he said all necessary measures are taken by thegovernment to control it.

He said steps are also being taken to monitor spread of the virus which is transmitted by Aedes mosquito that cause dengue fever. He also informed the Assembly that people need not panic, as the situation is under complete control and the government has taken all necessary measures.

Last evening, while chairing a review meeting, Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan said a 27-year-old person from Krishnagiri has been tested positive for the Zika virus in the State. This is the first case of Zika reported in Tamilnadu. In May, a few positive cases were reported from Gujarat. Over 40,000 tests for Zika have been done in India so far.

Radhakrishnan said the patient, hailing from N Puttur in Natrampalayam Panchayat, was treated as an outpatient at a Primary Health Centre and has completely recovered and was doing well.

Radhakrishnan said the patient had developed fever, headache, redness of the eyes and weakness. All routine investigations for dengue, chikungunya and leptospirosis tested negative. The case was diagnosed on 1 July.

Samples from three other fever cases in the area also tested negative. Stating that about 200 suspected cases of the virus were tested at King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research, here, he said this was the first one that has tested positive. It was also confi rmed by two other labs in Pune and Manipal, he added.

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