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India's Zika Outbreak Spreads

November 8, 2021 • 3:45 pm CST
(Zika News)

At least 89 people in Kanpur, India, have tested positive for the Zika virus, reported As a result, an alert has been issued, and the local authorities have launched a massive vector control drive to curb the spread of infected mosquitoes.

Dr. Nepal Singh, chief medical officer of Kanpur district in India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, told Reuters on November 8, 2021, "There has been a surge in cases of the Zika virus."

"The health department has formed several teams to contain the spread."

According to media reports, Health teams had recently collected blood samples of 525 people were sent to the virology lab of the King George's Medical University in Lucknow and the National Institute of Virology in Pune for testing.

The first Zika case in Kanpur was reported on October 23, 2021, when an Indian Air Force warrant officer tested positive for the virus.

Kanpur is located southeast of New Delhi in northern India and has about 2.9 million residents.

As of November 8, the U.S. FDA has not authorized a Zik preventive vaccine. However, several vaccine candidates are currently conducting clinical studies.