Zika virus: Punjab health dept to issue fresh alert to civil surgeons

Punjab Health Minister Brahm Mohindra told that the health department is taking preventive measures and monitoring of all the districts has been intensified.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Published: May 30, 2017 4:13 am
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A week after the World Health Organisation(WHO) confirmed three cases of Zika virus in Ahmedabad, the Punjab health department has decided to issue a fresh alert to all civil surgeons. Punjab Health Minister Brahm Mohindra told Chandigarh Newsline that after three cases were reported in the country, the health department is taking “preventive measures and monitoring of all the districts has been intensified.”

The health department officials also informed that a fresh alert is being issued to all districts. “When Zika virus cases were reported last year in some countries, we had then issued directions to our civil surgeons to remain alert and focus on prevention and control of mosquitoes,” said Dr Gagandeep Singh Grover, nodal officer, Punjab’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme(IDSP). “We will again issue fresh directions now,” he added.

The Zika virus is primarily transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. “Since it is the same mosquito which spreads vector-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya, our prime focus is to prevention breeding of the Aedes mosquitoes,” said Grover.

He added that IDSP is also working with other divisions of the health department in monitoring the situation. “Zika virus can cause birth defects in a newborn termed as microcephaly. We are working in collaboration with other division of the health department to monitor the cases of microcephaly in the state,” Grover added. According to the Punjab health department, no sample has been sent so far to PGIMER, Chandigarh. WHO has already advised people travelling to high risk areas, especially pregnant women to take “basic precautions from mosquito bites”.

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  1. Rose Webster
    May 30, 2017 at 8:33 pm
    Civil surgeons? I think you meant civil servants. RE: "The Zika virus, carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito" Fact: Culex are also Zika vectors in southeast Asia. Sept. 7, 2016: "These laboratory results clearly demonstrate the potential role of Cx. p. quinquefasciatus as a vector of ZIKV in China. Because there are quite different vector management strategies required to control Aedes (Stegomyia) species and Cx. p. quinquefasciatus, an integrated approach may be required should a Zika epidemic occur." Source: : www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27599470?dopt Abstract RE: "three patients had not travelled overseas and had acquired the infection locally." False: "Zika is transmitted by the daytime-active Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes." Fact: Zika is also transmitted by the nighttime-active Culex in southeast Asia but I was the only media to notice it. Source: s: plus.google /u/0/107889574670988423996/posts/gyKaPQCTnTo
    1. Andy Kadir-Buxton
      May 30, 2017 at 1:43 pm
      Many years ago there was an article in “New Scientist” magazine that said that flies avoided the dead bodies of other flies. I have used this fact several times over the years and find that it holds true. All you have to do is kill a few flies, cut their bodies into three, and put the body parts on window sills and at doors in order to avoid them flying in. A refugee camp once surrounded it's border with dead flies in order to avoid these disease carriers. My point is, this also works with mosquitoes, and is a free way of avoiding malaria, not only can property be protected in this way, but so can the individual when easily killed mosquito corpses are kept in pockets. If scientists could find the chemical given off by the dead body of a mosquito that repels others then we could have a an effective mosquito spray on our hands. (This will not work with wasps).