Pune Zika Cases: Pregnant woman infected; Contact tracing underway

The pregnant woman, residing in Ganeshnagar, Erandwane, was diagnosed with Zika infection. Sonography test revealed no adverse effects so far.
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Pune: A pregnant woman from the Erandwane area has tested positive for the Zika virus, raising the total number of Zika cases in the city to five. In response, the Pune Municipal Corporation's health department has initiated a fever survey in the Erandwane and Mundhwa areas.

The pregnant woman, residing in Ganeshnagar, Erandwane, was diagnosed with Zika. A sonography test conducted in May revealed no adverse effects from the virus. According to the health department, her condition is stable and she is not exhibiting any further symptoms.

Previously, two Zika cases were reported in Erandwane, including a 46-year-old doctor and his 15-year-old daughter. The latest case involves a pregnant woman.

Additionally, a 47-year-old woman and her 22-year-old son from Mundhwa have also tested positive for Zika. This brings the city's total number of cases to five.

Blood samples from the infected individuals' families and others who exhibit fever symptoms have been sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) for testing.

Emphasis on Preventive Measures

As the monsoon season begins, the risk of vector-borne diseases, including Zika, has increased. All private laboratories and hospitals are now required to promptly report such cases to the Pune Municipal Corporation's (PMC) health department.

Preventive measures are being implemented in areas where Zika cases have been reported. Fogging has been carried out within 100 houses in both Erandwane and Mundhwa to target mosquitoes that may be breeding indoors.

Additionally, potential mosquito breeding sites at ongoing construction sites are being identified and eliminated. Notices have been issued to building owners to ensure compliance, according to Dr. Rajesh Dighe, Assistant Health Officer of the Pune Municipal Corporation.

Preventive Measures for Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Citizens are advised to take the following precautions to protect against mosquito-borne diseases:

  • Wear full-body covering clothes.

  • Use mosquito-repellent creams.

  • Utilize mosquito nets and other protective measures.

  • Prevent water accumulation in refrigerators, coolers, plant pots, plastic cups, coconut shells, and tires.

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