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Over 70 cases of Zika virus reported in Rajasthan


India is grappling with one of the biggest Zika virus outbreaks ever. Twelve new cases were detected in Jaipur on Monday, taking the total number of infected people to 72, according to the Rajasthan health department.

According to experts, mosquitoes that were found at Shastri Nagar were the main carriers of the virus. Fresh mosquito samples have been collected from various parts of the state to get a better insight about the latest outbreak and how to prevent it.

The government claims it is taking steps to ensure no mosquito breeding happens inside the city. Fogging and anti larvae activities are being carried out in full swing. The government has also opened a control room so that people can reach out to officials.

A door-to-door survey in over 90,000 houses in Jaipur was held by over 250 teams of the medical and health department. Until now, 96,000 houses have been surveyed. Fogging is being done regularly. A fine of Rs 44,000 has been imposed on 68 houses where larva was found

Zika virus is caused by Aedes mosquitoes, which are also carriers of dengue, malaria and chikungunya. The symptoms of Zika are rashes all over the body, high fever and joint pain. If not treated medically, Zika can even cause death.

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