Another pregnant woman tests positive for Zika, sixth case in Pune | Pune News


The PMC health department has reported the sixth case of Zika virus infection and the second such infection in a pregnant woman. A 35-year-old woman from Ganeshnagar in Erandwane has tested positive for Zika virus. According to health department officials, she is in the fourth month of pregnancy and has no Zika-related symptoms.

Dr Kalpana Baliwant, acting chief medical officer of the PMC’s health department, told The Indian Express that out of the 12 samples sent for testing from Ganeshnagar in Erandwane, seven were of pregnant women. The test reports of two have come positive.

On Sunday, the health department said that a 28-year-old pregnant woman from Erandwane has been found to be infected with the Zika virus. Dr. Rajesh Dighe, assistant medical officer of Pune Municipal Corporation, said that the woman is six months pregnant and has no symptoms.

According to the US-based Centers for Disease Control, Zika infection in pregnant women can cause microcephaly and congenital defects related to the baby's brain. Due to these significant risks, the PMC health department has also increased surveillance in Erandwane and Mundhwa areas, where other cases of Zika virus infection were reported.

After the first two cases were reported from Mundhwa, the health department has asked Kodrevasti to collect more samples. Health officials said there is no need to panic as preventive measures are being taken.

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Dr. Dighe also said that they are keeping an eye on both the pregnant women.

Dr. Dighe said preventive measures were taken after the matter was reported. “We found that the overhead water tanks in the Ganeshnagar colony were not covered properly. We have also imposed fines after identifying mosquito breeding sites in the area,” Dr. Dighe said.

Around 10,000 people have been surveyed and teams have visited 4,646 houses in both Erandwane and Mundhwa areas. 161 houses have been identified as mosquito breeding spots and a fine of Rs 3,300 has been imposed.

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First uploaded: 01-07-2024 at 21:25 IST

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