Zika Virus Looms Over Karnataka
As if disruptions from the wet and cold weather triggered by a cyclone were not enough, a new threat in the form of vector-borne infection now hovers over Karnataka, India.
The Weather Channel India recently reported that Kamataka had confirmed its first Zika virus disease patient.
Previously, Zika cases were detected in Kerala, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh.
Zika virus disease is now considered one of the significant public health concerns because of its impact on infants.
“It came to light when the serum was subjected to Dengue and Chikungunya tests. Usually, 10% of such samples are sent to Pune for a test, out of which this has come across as positive.” Karnataka’s Health Minister, Dr. K. Sudhakar, informed the media.
With various Indian health departments expressing caution, local residents must be aware of Zika symptoms and how to prevent its spread.
The Weather Channel listed answers to some frequently asked questions on the Zika virus at this link.
As of December 19, 2022, the U.S. CDC has not issued a travel advisory focused on Zika cases in India.