Did the Sika virus reach Maharashtra through traders in Kerala?

By Shehina Hidayat

After Kerala, the Sika virus was confirmed in Pune, Maharashtra. A 50-year-old woman living in Belsar village in Pune district has been diagnosed with a mosquito-borne disease. The examination revealed that they also contracted chikungunya. His blood samples were analyzed at the Indian Council of Medical Research – National Institute of Virology Lab. – The Times of India reported.

People from the villages of Belsar and Parinche in Pune have shown symptoms of diseases such as dengue and chikungunya since the beginning of July. Subsequently, blood samples were collected from the villagers as part of routine monitoring to prevent mosquito-borne diseases. It also contained a sample of those confirmed by Sika. – Reports from The Times of India.

The Sika virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of vector-borne mosquitoes, primarily Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which cause dengue and chikungunya.

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Following the confirmation of the Sika virus in Maharashtra, the health department has taken precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus. In addition, the health department conducted a household survey in rural areas. In addition, awareness programs were carried out in the area and villagers were informed about the virus.

At the same time, the health department said that the health status of the woman who had been confirmed infected with the syphilis virus was satisfactory and that no one who had come into contact with her had shown any symptoms.

ICMR – NIV Director Priya Abraham said in her preliminary Sika investigation report that she wanted to know how the Sika virus got its presence here when the Sika virus was confirmed in Maharashtra.

Further examination revealed that three of them had chikungunya. Then, between July 27 and 29, a team of NIV experts visited the villages of Belser and Parinche and collected blood samples from 41 people. Of these, 25 were diagnosed with chikungunya, three with dengue and one with syphilis.

Those who came to the village to study the Sika virus found the presence of Aedes mosquito larvae. Mosquito eggs were found mainly in plastic drums.

“Traders from Kerala used to come to these villages regularly to buy pomegranates. Farmers from these villages also sent their products to Kerala markets. It is suspected that the Sika virus may have originated in Kerala because of this.

Sika virus has been reported in Kerala since early July. Currently, 61 cases have been reported. The first case of Sika virus in India was reported in 2017 in Gujarat. It was later reported in Tamil Nadu that same year.

In 2017, the first case of the Sika virus was reported in Gujarat and later detected in Tamil Nadu. At the end of 2018, there was a big expansion in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

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