A 24-year-old pregnant lady has been diagnosed with the mosquito-transmitted disease in Kerala’s first instance of Zika virus, State Health Minister Veena George announced on Thursday.
Thiruvananthapuram has 13 more suspected cases of the virus, according to the minister, who added that the government was waiting for confirmation from the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune.
Thirteen health personnel, including doctors, are suspected of being Zika positive out of the 19 samples supplied from Thiruvananthapuram, according to the minister.
On July 7, the woman, who hails from Parassalai and is receiving treatment at a private hospital here, gave birth to her baby.
She had been admitted to the hospital on June 28 with fever, headache and red marks on her body.
Her samples were submitted to NIV, Pune, after the tests at the hospital indicated that she was positive.
The woman’s condition was satisfactory.
Despite the fact that she has no prior travel experience outside of the state, her home is close to the Tamil Nadu border.
Her mother had apparently displayed identical symptoms a week prior, according to a government statement.
Fever, skin rashes, and joint discomfort are all signs of Zika, which are similar to those of dengue fever.