India on High Alert After Zika Outbreak
India's Kerala state Health Minister Veena George confirmed on July 10, 2021, that there are currently 14 cases of Zika virus in the state. "Our dept is on high alert and monitoring the situation closely," posted Asian News International on Twitter.
A 24-year-old pregnant woman was found to be infected with the mosquito-borne disease and was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram city.
According to the U.S. CDC, pregnant women are particularly vulnerable. This is because they can transmit the infection to their newborns, resulting in life-altering conditions such as microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with a smaller head due to abnormalities in brain development. Adults can also get Guillain-Barre syndrome.
As of June 29, 2021, the CDC confirmed 12 Zika cases acquired through presumed local mosquito-borne transmission in Puerto Rica during 2021.
Several Zika vaccine candidates are in various stages of a clinical study, but the U.S. FDA has not Apporved any Zika vaccines.