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29 people test positive in Zika outbreak in Rajasthan

Twenty-nine people from Rajasthan have tested positive for Zika virus, said senior officials of the state’s Health Department on Tuesday. According to the officials, the first case of Zika Virus was reported on September 23, following which tests by the authorities established traces of the virus in the ‘Aedes aegypti’ mosquitoes on September 26. She added that among the 29 people tested positive, three are women, who were expecting children, and one gave birth on Monday night.

Gupta denied reports of laxity on part of the state government in containing the disease and said that around 150-200 teams along with administrative officials are combing the affected area to search for more people who might be affected. “So far, no cases have been reported from outside Jaipur. We have started awareness campaigns to educate people about the disease,” said Gupta.

Doctor P Ravindran, who is director of Emergency Medical Relief under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said the present outbreak of Zika in Rajasthan was the biggest in the history of India till now, surpassing the past two instances in Ahmedabad and Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu.

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