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Zika virus outbreak in Kanpur, 10 more people found positive, city mount to 89

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Expressing concern at the rapidly rising cases of Zika virus in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath chaired a high-level meeting on Saturday, instructing officials to speed up sanitisation work. “Infection of Zika virus is spreading rapidly in Kanpur. Considering the seriousness, special caution is required,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Kannauj district has reported its first Zika virus case, Chief Medical Officer Dr Vinod Kumar told ANI. In Kanpur, the total tally of cases of the mosquito-borne disease in the district stands at 79 as it stepped up surveillance to check its spread.

What is Zika virus?

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that spreads through the bite of an infected Aedes species of mosquito, which bites during the day. Symptoms of this disease are mild fever, rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or a headache. Notably, the virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus and can cause infants to be born with microcephaly and other congenital malformations.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people infected with the Zika virus can also transmit the disease to their sex partners.

What are Zika virus symptoms?
1. Malaise or headache,
2. Mild fever,
3. Rash,
4. Muscle and joint pain,
5. Conjunctivitis.

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The incubation period of Zika virus is estimated to be 3 to 14 days and the symptoms typically last for 2 to 7 days, as per experts. Though, most people do not develop any symptom, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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