Zika Virus Outbreak

Health Ministry issue guidelines on Zika Virus for India

Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) through its community and hospital based data gathering mechanism would track clustering of acute febrile illness and seek primary case.

  1. The Health Ministry issued health advisory, appointing National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), as the nodal agency for investigation of outbreak- should the situation arise.
  2. This comes in the backdrop of the WHO designating the Zika virus and its suspected complications in newborns as a public health emergency of international concern.
  3. WHO has reported 22 countries and territories in Americas from where local transmission of Zika virus has been reported.
  4. Microcephaly in the newborn and other neurological syndromes (Guillain Barre Syndrome) have been found temporally associated with Zika virus infection.
  5. Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) shall be activated at Central and State surveillance units.

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