Rajasthan slams back at US-CDC, says Zika virus situation under control

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Rajasthan slams back at US-CDC, says Zika virus situation under control

The Rajasthan government, Thursday, slammed back at the recent advisory of the US-based health protection agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] on the Zika virus outbreak in the state.

CDC earlier issued an alert to pregnant women advising them against travelling to Rajasthan and other neighbouring states during the festive season.

However, according to reports, an advanced molecular study conducted by the National Institute of Virology, Pune has revealed that the Zika virus found in Rajasthan is not the one that causes microcephaly.

Emphasizing that the CDC Zika Virus advisory was not based on facts, Rajasthan government claimed that the situation is “totally under control”.

According to The Wire, the state’s health department who conducted a meeting with senior doctors stated:

“It was clarified in the meeting that the advice given by CDC, United States to pregnant women not to visit Zika affected Rajasthan and other states were not based on facts,”

Furthermore, the department has confirmed that no new cases were reported after October 28, 2018.

Rohit Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, Health, who chaired the meeting has asked medical administrators to strictly keep an eye on the situation and conduct routine surveillance.

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