On 11 July 2021, the Health Minister of Kerala, India, reported 18 cases of Zika virus infection in the state. Media sources reported that the infection was first identified in a pregnant woman in Thiruvananthapuram, who was admitted to hospital on 28 June 2021 with symptoms of fever, rash and headache. These are the first reports of Zika virus infection in Kerala.
Zika virus infection is caused by the Zika virus (ZIKV), and is spread by mosquito bite,s which in pregnancy may result in congenital Zika syndrome, with severe consequences for the baby.
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Source: TRAVAX, 12 July 2021