Madrid, 10 July. (Europa Press) –
Indian authorities have confirmed 15 Zika infections in the state of Kerala this Saturday, which is already facing a high number of Govt-19 infections, according to the State Health Council. The first case of eruption was discovered last Thursday.
Although there is no cure or vaccine for the disease, Kerala authorities have pointed out that Zika is not dangerous and can be controlled. Meanwhile, neighboring states Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are already on alert.
Zika virus is a flywheel virus transmitted by mosquitoes that was first identified in 1947 in Macau, Uganda. The first eruption was in 2007 on the island of Yap in Micronesia, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
This was followed by a major eruption in 2013 in French Polynesia and other Pacific countries and territories. In March 2015, Brazil announced the outbreak of a major disease that was quickly identified as the result of a viral infection, and in July of the same year its association with Guilin-Barr syndrome was described in that country.
In October 2015, the relationship between infection and microcephaly was also described in Brazil. Evidence of eruptions and outbreaks soon appeared in the United States, Africa and other parts of the world. To date, 86 countries and regions have reported cases of Zika virus transmitted by mosquitoes.
Most people affected are asymptomatic. Symptoms, usually mild and lasting two to seven days, include fever, rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise and headache.
It is spread mainly by the bite of infected mosquitoes of the genus Aedes, which spreads dengue, chikungunya fever and yellow fever. In addition, the virus is transmitted from mother to fetus during pregnancy, as well as through sexual contact, blood and blood transfusions, and organ transplant surgery.
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