Govt steps to contain outbreak of Zika Virus

By | March 1, 2016
(Last Updated On: March 1, 2016)

Initiatives to contain outbreak of Zika Virus

Technical guidelines and travel advisory were issued and disseminated and also made available on the website of the Ministry. States where Dengue transmission is prevalent, namely Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and UT of Puducherry have been alerted. National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Delhi has been identified as the nodal agency for investigation of outbreak in any part of the country. Fifteen International Airports and nine major ports have displayed signages providing information for travelers on Zika virus disease and advising the travellers to report if they are returning from any of the affected countries and suffering from febrile illness. Immigration authorities at these Airports have been sensitized. Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Civil Aviation has issued instruction to all international airlines to follow the recommended aircraft disinsection guidelines. Vector control measures have been implemented at International Airports and Ports. National Centre for Disease Control, Delhi and National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, have established the capacity to provide laboratory diagnosis of Zika virus disease in acute febrile stage. National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme has alerted all its field units for enhanced vector ( Aedes mosquitoes) control. National AIDS Control Organization has issued advisory for blood banks and potential blood donors to prevent transmission of Zika virus infection by blood transfusion. A 24×7 control room cum Help Line has started functioning from Dte GHS. Public has been made aware about Zika virus disease through press releases issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The situation is being monitored regularly.

There is no specific treatment for Zika virus Disease. People sick with Zika virus are advised to take plenty of rest, drink enough fluids, and treat pain and fever with paracetamol. They are also advised to take personal protective measures against mosquito bite.

National Centre for Disease Control, Delhi and National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, are the identified laboratories to test clinical samples and to support the outbreak investigation. No special provision is required to admit and treat a Zika virus disease patient except for provision of mosquito net. However, severe forms of disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon and fatalities are rare.

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.

Source Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 01-March, 2016
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