• Monday, August 15, 2022

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India reports 80 Zika cases, 22 pregnant women

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

By: Keerthi Mohan

India has reported an outbreak of the Zika virus with 80 confirmed cases since last month including 22 pregnant women in the western state of Rajasthan, officials said on Wednesday (17). India, where the Aedes aegypti mosquito which carries Zika and other viruses is widely prevalent, reported its first Zika cases in January 2017 in neighbouring Gujarat. Since Zika erupted on a large scale in 2015, more than 1.5 million people in more than 70 countries have been infected, with most in South America. In rare cases, if pregnant women contract the virus their babies can develop brain defects. In Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur, 330 special teams have been…

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