India urges US to ‘withdraw or modify’ Zika Travel Advisory

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The Indian government has urged the U.S government to ‘withdraw or modify’ the travel advisory which was issued by them after a Zika virus outbreak was reported in Rajasthan, stating that no new cases have been observed and all is under control.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], last month, had adviced pregnant woman against visiting Rajasthan and neighbouring states in the wake of several Zika cases.

According to a Times of India report, Dr Balaram Bhargava, Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research [ICMR], concerned that the advisory issued by the CDC  created an impression that the outbreak is still continuing, he stated in a letter:

“I wish to bring to your attention that Zika virus outbreak in both Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have now subsided completely. There are no reports of fresh cases and vector indices are also well within acceptable limits.”

Moreover, Dr Bhargava asked the Indian government to take up the matter with CDC officials and urge them to ‘withdraw or modify’ the advisory. In his letter, Bhargava also wrote that multiple tests conducted on samples availed from the affected areas confirm the absence of the virus.

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