Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » India
1-min read

Aedes Mosquito Responsible for Zika Cases in 2016 at Ahmedabad

The Zika virus was first detected in the country in November 2016 in an Ahmedabad based 34-year-old pregnant woman and in 2017 Tamil Nadu Zika detection found 18,000 aedes mosquitoes were screened.

Trending Desk

Updated:September 2, 2019, 12:00 PM IST
facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp
Aedes Mosquito Responsible for Zika Cases in 2016 at Ahmedabad
Image for representation. (AFP Relaxnews)
Loading...

Scientists have discovered that it is the Aedes (Stegomyia) Aegypti from Aedes family which is responsible for Zika cases in the Indian subcontinent, reported TOI. Protection from mosquitoes is a key measure to prevent Zika virus infection. Efforts to prevent mosquito bites include: use of mosquito repellent among other measures.

Notably, the first case of Zika was recorded in Ahmedabad in 2016.

Teams of National Institute of Malaria Research and Indian Council of Medical Research in a study publihsed in August 2019 edition of Elsevier's journal 'Actatropia' named this mosquito for the Zika outbreak in Jaipur last year.

According to the researchers, out of 522 aedes mosquitoes studied, Zika virus was found in 383 aedes stegomyia aegypti mosquitoes. Turns out, according to the study authors, the aedes stegomyia aegypti mosquito is an efficient carrier for Zika due to a lower incubation period for the various.

Study authors further added that the aedes stegomyia aegypti mosquito is also a carrier of yellow fever, dengue and chikungunya viruses. According to scientists, the mosquito is found in homes and bites primarily during the day.

The Zika virus was first detected in the country in November 2016 in an Ahmedabad based 34-year-old pregnant woman and in 2017 Tamil Nadu Zika detection found 18,000 aedes mosquitoes were screened, but none were found to carry the Zika virus strain. The 2018 outbreak in Jaipur, that saw 522 mosquitoes being studied helped scientists pinpoint which aedes mosquito is the carrier of the Zika virus.

Notably, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Zika virus disease is usually mild and requires no specific treatment. The most common symptoms are mild fever, skin rash, headache, muscle and joint pain and inflammation of the underside of the eyelid. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days. If symptoms worsen, they should seek medical care and advice.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

| Edited by: Ahona Sengupta
Read full article
Loading...
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch

facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp

Live TV

Loading...
Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results