A case of Zika virus has been found in a mosquito near Bengaluru, specifically in Chikkaballapur, following an examination in August. As a result, health officials are closely monitoring all cases of fever in the area, and an alert has been issued for Talkaebetta, where the infected mosquito was discovered.
Dr. S Mahesh, the District Health Officer, mentioned that they collected 100 samples from various places in the state. Six of these samples were from Chikkaballapur, with five testing negative and one testing positive for the Zika virus, as reported by NDTV. The infected mosquito was one of many collected during a statewide campaign, and the results were disclosed on October 25.
Notably, last year, a five-year-old girl in Karnataka was confirmed to have the Zika virus, and in December 2022, a 67-year-old man was found to be infected in Pune’s Bavdhan area. There was also a case of a seven-year-old girl in Maharashtra’s Palghar district who contracted the virus through mosquito bites.
Zika virus disease (ZVD) is a significant public health concern, particularly after the 2016 outbreak in Brazil. It is primarily transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, which is active during the daytime. Common symptoms include rashes, fever, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headaches. These symptoms typically last for 2-7 days.
Zika virus outbreaks have occurred in various regions, including Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands, since its discovery in Uganda’s Zika forest in 1947. There have also been recent cases in states like Kerala, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh.
Zika virus disease is usually mild and doesn’t require specific treatment. Patients are advised to get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and manage pain and fever with medications like paracetamol. If symptoms worsen, seeking medical care and advice is essential. Currently, there is no vaccine available for Zika virus.