Pune: Pune reported its first two cases of Zika virus infection this year, an official said.

A 46-year-old doctor and his teenage daughter have tested positive for the Zika virus.

Assistant Health Officer at Pune Municipal Corporation, Rajesh Dighe, said, “A 46-year-old doctor and his teenage daughter, who live in the Erandwane area of Pune city, were found positive for the Zika virus. Both were discharged from the hospital. First, a sample from the doctor was sent to NIV Pune after symptoms were seen in him. The report was received on June 21. Later, a sample of his family was also sent for testing; the daughter reported being positive for the virus, while other family members have tested negative for the virus.”

“In response to the cases, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) visited the area and conducted a thorough inspection. They have issued an advisory to citizens, urging them to keep their surroundings clean to prevent any potential outbreak,” he further added.

Dr Rajesh Dighe, Assistant Health Officer at PMC, explained that the Zika virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also transmits diseases like dengue and chikungunya. The PMC has taken precautionary measures, including fumigation, to prevent the spread of the virus.

The PMC is urging citizens to follow the guidelines and take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the Zika virus. They have assured that they are closely monitoring the situation and taking the necessary measures to control the spread of the virus in the city. (ANI)

  • Published On Jun 26, 2024 at 05:51 PM IST

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