New Delhi: Karnataka is on high alert after neighbouring Kerala confirmed 14 Zika virus cases. The Karnataka government released instructions on Friday (July 9) to avoid the spread of the disease in the state. Districts bordering Kerala, such as Chamarajanagar, Dakshina Kannada, and Udupi, have been ordered to remain on high alert.
According to the directive issued by state Health Commissioner Trilok Chandra, monitoring shall be conducted in both rural and urban regions across the state. “Because the monsoon season allows for the multiplication of Aedes mosquitos, which are a vector for Zika virus sickness, surveillance should be carried out in rural and urban areas across the state on a war footing,” the order stated, according to IANS.
To avoid Aedes breeding in peri-domestic areas, authorities have been instructed to dispose of solid garbage. “Vector management shall involve larvae surveillance, biological and chemical control at the household, community, and institutional levels,” according to the decree.
Chandra described the illness’s symptoms, saying, “The Zika virus causes fever, rashes, conjunctivitis, and joint pain.” The disease should be suspected based on a person’s travel history or a guest’s visit.”
It has been suggested that the local authorities collect samples from suspected patients and submit them to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Bengaluru for testing. “Focus should be placed on the presence of microcephaly during ultrasound scanning for pregnant mothers. If discovered, the pregnant women’s serum samples should be forwarded to NIV for testing “it was added
In addition, Chandra asked officials to perform Aedes larval surveillance and source reduction measures in airports, seaports, and rural and urban civic wards.