The alert comes at a time when the Union Health Ministry has reported over 153 cases of Zika from Rajasthan in October and November. Some cases were reported from Gujarat, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, too, mainly in people who had travelled from Rajasthan.
A team of scientists from National Institute of Virology in Pune have just finished a full genome sequencing of the zika virus spreading in India and concluded that the gene responsible for causing microcephaly in Brazil was absent in the Indian strain.
Out of the 126 patients, 41 of them pregnant women, around 111 have recovered after treatment, he said. According to the latest report, out of the total 1,32,872 houses searched, 84,580 were found positive for mosquito breeding.
While the symptoms of Zika virus infection itself are not alarming and can be easily treated, it can be transmitted to the foetus and cause a condition called microcephaly, a congenital defect in which the baby’s brain is underdeveloped and head is smaller than normal.