Alarm bells in Delhi due to Zika virus in Kanpur! Be careful, pregnant women are more at risk

Doctors say that while the Zika virus may spread in Kanpur, Delhi-NCR is also not out of danger. The biggest concern is that the Zika virus is also transmitted from person to person by the Aedes mosquitoes that spread dengue and the cases of dengue have increased significantly in Delhi-NCR these days.

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New Delhi: The rising cases of Zika virus in Kanpur has raised the concerns of those living in Delhi-NCR as well. Doctors say that while the Zika virus may spread in Kanpur, Delhi-NCR is also not out of danger. The biggest concern is that the Zika virus is also transmitted from person to person by the Aedes mosquitoes that spread dengue and the cases of dengue have increased significantly in Delhi-NCR these days. Not only this, Zika virus is also far more dangerous than dengue and covid. But most pregnant women are at risk from this. It affects the brain development of the unborn child.


Dr. Arvind Kumar of the Department of Medicine of AIIMS said that there is not much difference between Kanpur and Delhi in terms of geographical distance and environment. If this virus can spread there, it can spread here too, so don't take it lightly. Pay close attention to prevent. The virus is spread by the Aedes mosquito that carries dengue. In such a situation, if a person infected with Zika comes to Delhi from Kanpur and an Aedes mosquito already present in Delhi bites him, then that mosquito will get infected and later the person he bites, Zika infection can reach. This is how Zika can be spread.


Dr. Arvind said that these days dengue cases have increased significantly in Delhi-NCR. Aedes mosquitoes are enough. Therefore, like dengue, the only way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito breeding.. He also said that apart from mosquitoes, this infection can be passed from the blood of an infected person to another person and can also be transmitted through sexual transmission, but it does not get transmitted from man to man like Covid. Zika virus is extremely deadly and more deadly than dengue and covid. If a pregnant woman gets Zika, the unborn baby can be damaged and the brain development of the newborn may stop.


Mosquito protection is the most important

Dr. Sameer Bhati, Director, Star Imaging said that there is a need to be alert. Since the Zika virus is also spread by mosquitoes, it is most important that people protect themselves from mosquitoes. Just as we take measures to prevent dengue, measures should also be taken for it. Right now the epidemic is going on, in such a situation, in case of fever, first test for Covid, then dengue and now if there is Zika, then the primary care doctors should also pay attention to the Zika test. The biggest difference between the rest of the fever and Zika is conjunctivitis, if the eyes are getting red with the fever, then reach the doctor immediately.


According to the information, Zika first spread in Africa in 1947. In recent years, the Zika virus took the form of an epidemic in Brazil in 2015. In the year-2019 also, this virus had struck in India and now once again it's cases have been seen in Kerala. In July this year, Zika was seen in Kerala. The doctor said that like dengue fever also occurs in Zika. Platelets are reduced. But with all these symptoms, the eyes of people infected with Zika turn red. The most important hallmark of Zika is that a patient develops conjunctivitis.


Other symptoms of Zika are:

  • Fever

  • Running nose

  • Headache

  • Rashes

  • Conjunctivitis

  • Joint Pain