Travelers Alerted About India's Zika Outbreaks
The World Health Organization (WHO) previously stated 'In India, ZIKV disease South-East Asian lineage has been detected in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan states in 2018.
Although Zika outbreaks are not unexpected, given the wide distribution of the primary mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti, and competent vector, Aedes albopictus, in Kerala and Maharashtra states, says the WHO.
In 2021, about 8,627 samples were tested, of which 152 were found positive for the Zika virus, reported local media.
However, the WHO considered the overall risk to be 'low' at the regional and global levels.
In contrast, the national level (Kerala and Maharashtra States) is currently assessed as 'moderate.'
Various travel advisories have been issued to notify international visitors of these areas.
On March 29, 2022, the U.S. CDC reissued an Alert - Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions, regarding the Zika outbreak in Uttar Pradesh, India.
The CDC Alert was initially published in December 2021.
The CDC previously issued Travel Alerts for COVID-19 and Dengue outbreaks in India.
These announcements were edited for clarity and manually curated for mobile readership.