Alert in UP after 30 more cases of Zika Virus detected; Tally spiked to 66

In Kanpur district, thirty new Zika cases have been detected, bringing the total to 66.

Since the first case of the virus was reported in the city on October 23, this is the biggest single-day increase in infections.

The 30 new cases were discovered during examinations at the King George’s Medical University (KGMU) virology lab in Lucknow and the National Institute of Virology in Pune.

Three women and 27 males are among the latest cases.

The number of women patients had been 18 until Wednesday, when three more women, including four girls, were infected, bringing the total number of women patients to 21.

Dr. Nepal Singh, Kanpur’s chief medical officer, said Thursday’s confirmation brings the district’s total number of cases to 66, with 45 men and 21 women.

The National Institute for Virology in Pune, according to Dr. Singh, has confirmed the new cases. Three days ago, the samples were sent for testing.

According to the World Health Organization, the Aedes mosquitos that carry the Zika Virus bite most often during the day, with peak bite times in the early morning and late afternoon or evening.

The 30 cases confirmed on Thursday were from new places including Bhavanipur and Koyla Nagar, which are outside the three-kilometer radius that the health authorities designated as areas of special interest.

The Uttar Pradesh health department had issued a notice across districts on Monday, when only 11 instances had been reported, and had increased surveillance under its infectious disease control programme to discover cases of illness.

Officials, on the other hand, are taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the disease.

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