Pregnant Kerala Woman diagnosed with Zika virus

A 24-year-old pregnant woman has been diagnosed with Zika virus – the mosquito-transmitted disease in Thiruvananthapuram district on Thursday, Kerala Health Minister Veena George said.

Hailing from Parassalain in Thiruvananthapuram, the woman was reportedly suffering from fever, headache and red marks on her body and was admitted to hospital on June 28. She delivered her baby on July 7 and is currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital in the state. Her condition is said to be stable as of now.

"This is the first time that Zika virus has been reported in Kerala… a 24-year-old pregnant woman reported at a hospital in the state capital district with fever, headache and rashes last month. The first results showed a mild positive sign of Zika virus and later from 19 samples tested, 13 also showed Zika positive. All the samples have now been sent to NIV Pune," Minister Veena George said.

The symptoms of Zika are similar to dengue including fever, skin rashes and joint pain. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days. The first regional infection of Zika virus was detected in January 2017 in Ahmedabad, and the second in July 2017 in Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri district.