Rajasthan Zika outbreak: 60 of 72 detected cases cured, anti-larva on check

A total fine of Rs 44,000 has been imposed so far on 68 houses where larva was found

Chikungunya, dengue, malaria sting New Delhi; over 1,700 people affected

The Rajasthan health department has said that out of 72 persons tested positive for Zika virus, 60 have been cured.

The latest figures were issued after a review meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) medical and health, Veenu Gupta.

Over 280 teams of medical and health department are conducting surveys in the affected areas of the state. Till now, 96,000 houses have been surveyed, and as a precautionary measure, fogging is being done regularly.

A total fine of Rs 44,000 has been imposed so far on 68 houses where larva was found.

An 85-year-old woman from Shashtri Nagar area of Jaipur was reportedly the first to be detected with Zika virus.

The disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes, which bite during the day. Symptoms are generally mild and include fever, rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or a headache. Symptoms typically last for two to seven days.

Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause infants to be born with microcephaly and other congenital malformations, known as congenital Zika syndrome. Infection with Zika virus is also associated with other complications of pregnancy including preterm birth and miscarriage.

As per the World Health Organisation, there is no treatment available for Zika virus infection or its associated diseases.