India states Zika outbreak has subsided

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News sources have reported that India has asked the US to withdraw or modify a travel advisory that was previously issued over an outbreak of Zika. In December, the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised women against travelling to areas with risk of Zika in India. The advisory said: “Pregnant women should NOT travel to areas with risk of Zika because Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects.”

Cases of Zika were reported in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh but the Indian Government now says that the outbreak has subsided. Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research Dr Balram Bhargava said that the advisory suggests that the disease outbreak is ongoing. He said: “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. I urge you to take up the matter with the concerned authorities at CDC and withdraw/modify the travel advisory.”

Dr Bhargava also said that multiple human and vector samples tested from affected areas confirm the absence of any active transmission of Zika virus.