Monday, May 29, 2017

Screening at airports, seaports intensified

Chennai: In the wake of detection of Zika virus infection in Ahmedabad, the Tamil Nadu health department has intensified regular screening and surveillance in  airports, seaports and other areas.
On May 15, the Union Health Ministry reported three laboratory confirmed cases of Zika virus disease in Bapunagar, Ahmedabad district, Gujarat.

Blood samples from a man aged 64, a 34-year-old woman who delivered a baby and a 22-year-old woman in her 37th week of pregnancy have tested positive for Zika virus disease. The samples were tested in February, November and January. “The screening of fever cases is going on in airports for detection of Zika infection. Airport health officials and also the Union health ministry officials will continue operations against Aedes mosquitoes in and outside the airports. We are following the same National Guidelines for Zika virus disease issued by the Union Health Ministry, when there was Zika scare in the country last year,” said K Kolandaswamy, director of public health.
29/05/17 New Indian Express

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