Published On : Sat, May 27th, 2017

WHO confirms three Zika virus cases in Ahmedabad, 1st in the country


Zika virus cases in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad: The ​World Health Organization ​confirmed the first three cases of Zika virus in India, as having been reported from Ahmedabad, which includes a pregnant lady tested this January. All the cases are from the Bapunagar area of the city. ​

Confirming it as positive the website says that the ​​Ministry of Health and Family Welfare-Government of India reported three laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus disease in Bapunagar area, Ahmedabad District, Gujarat, State, India​​.

Dr Vijay Kohli, entomologist, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, when contacted, said, ​ I also read the report a few hours ago and am not equipped with information at the moment. All I can say is that we have to make sure that the surveillance is better and we work towards eradicating the mosquitoes. Ahmedabad has always been the first to report outbreaks .So either we have a lot of illnesses or we are reporting better than other states​.​

Ironically the Gujarat government launched its free Gujarat from Malaria by 2022 campaign in Ahmedabad on 24th May​, and has made notifiable only cases of dengue, malaria and chikun gunya, not all fever cases.​