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Zika virus cases detected in Kerala

Date: 10 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Kerala, which has been reporting a surge in coronavirus cases, has officially confirmed its first case of Zika virus, a mosquito-borne viral infection.
  • The symptoms of Zika virus include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache.
  • The virus is spread through the Aedes species of mosquitoes, which is found in high density across the state. Aedes mosquitoes, which are also carriers of dengue, breed in stagnant freshwater and rest mostly indoors.
  • Zika virus has often been linked to birth defects and development of Guillain-Barre syndrome, where one's immune system attacks the nerves.