AIIMS and WHO Trying to Diagnose Zika Virus

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AIIMS – All India Institute Medical Sciences conducted a test on people earlier this year to check the new virus attack. The test was conducted on more than 100 people who were found suffering from acute febrile illness.

Viruses like chikungunya and dengue, there is a new virus called Zika, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has detected in few regions of India. On getting the report, AIIMS took the initiative to work on it by taking around 10 samples a week conducted on people who reside in low-income areas and also who are currently suffering from an acute febrile disease.

 

The mosquito for which the virus is being detected is called Aedes mosquito, which also spreads chikungunya and dengue-like viruses. The test was conducted from December 2016 through June 2017 and that according to the report, the officials of AIIMS have confirmed that not a single patient was tested positive till the date.

 

When WHO reportedly confirmed the detection of the Zika virus from India, the patient was a pregnant lady from Bapunagar, Ahmedabad. Since it’s the time of monsoon season, people suffer from the mosquito bites and its related diseases extremely at this point of time. Hence, AIIMS considered viruses and infections related to mosquitos will be at its peak.

 

Medical institutes like NCDC – National Centre for Disease Control and National Institute of Virology in Delhi and Pune respectively, more than 26 laboratories have been reinforced with updated instruments and technology to diagnose and detect the virus as soon as possible with the help of ICMR – Indian Council of Medical Research.

 

One of the officials from AIIMS mentions that the symptoms of zika virus are almost same as of dengue. However, to detect Zika virus is considered to be the most challenging task since more than 80 percent of the cases don’t show any symptoms.

 

Reports also say that the infections of dengue and chikungunya are terribly similar to Zika virus because of the same source – Aedes mosquito. Other countries like Columbia, New Caledonia and French Polynesia, along with Zika, dengue and chikungunya have been reported to have infected many people, and the medical officials are trying their level best to help them with possible medicines.

 

According to a report, the zika virus, apart from the mosquito bite, is spread through blood transfusion and sexual contact. As per the Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, virus attack like Zika will not disappear completely and that the tests are also being conducted on children starting from the newborns to 5-year-olds. The number of tests conducted on this category seems to have increased from 500 to 700.

 

Dr. Flor Munoz from Baylor College of Medicine mentions that it’s of the utmost importance to diagnose the infection in children who belong or reside in the endemic areas, but it’s also important to conduct the test on those children who travel to these places because a virus can spread like a fire through them easily.

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