Zika virus was first isolated in the year 1947

Kerala, who has been reporting an increase in coronavirus cases, has officially confirmed its first case of Zika virus – a mosquito-borne viral infection – after the virus was found in the blood samples of a 24-year-old pregnant woman in Thiruvananthapuram.

Doctors say the woman’s condition is stable.She delivered on June 7. The patient was diagnosed and hospitalized at KIMS.

Samples of 13 people suspected to be positive for Zika virus have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune.

Symptoms of Zika virus include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, sickness, and headache.

The virus spreads to Aedes species of mosquitoes, which are found in large numbers throughout the state.

Aedes mosquitoes, which are also carriers of dengue, are found in stagnant freshwater and mostly rest indoors.

The Zika virus has often been linked to congenital malformations and the development of Guillain-Barre syndrome, where one’s immune system attacks the nerves.

Affected people may not show any signs or symptoms.

However, infection in pregnant women can seriously damage the developing foetus and lead to birth defects.

Currently, there is no vaccine or cure for the Zika virus.

Zikra virus was first isolated in the year 1947 in the Zika forest in Uganda.

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