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India on alert as zika virus hits tourism hotspot of Jaipur

The mosquito-borne virus has been detected in the western state of Gujarat (APU GOMES/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Keerthi Mohan

India has sent experts to try to contain an outbreak of the Zika virus in the popular tourist destination of Jaipur, capital of the northern state of Rajasthan, with a close watch on pregnant women. Twenty-two people in the city have tested positive, the health ministry said. There is no vaccine to the virus which can cause severe birth defects in unborn children. Pregnant women in the area are being monitored by the National Health Mission, a body set up by the government to improve healthcare across the country. “The situation continues to be monitored regularly,” the ministry said in a statement late on Monday (8). The…

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