A day after reports of Zika virus being present in Gujarat emerged, state Chief Minister Vijay Rupani sought to calm everyone down and said that there was no need to worry as the situation in the state is very much under control, an ANI report said. Gujarat Chief Secretary J N Singh thereafter added that there were no current cases of Zika virus in the state.
“Situation in Gujarat is under control. There is no need to worry”, the chief minister was quoted as saying by the agency. Speaking further the Rupani said “Three cases of Zika virus were reported in January and February. No new case of Zika virus reported after that. ”
The World Health Organisation (WHO) had reported the first three “laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus disease” in country. All cases were from Bapunagar area of Ahmedabad. Even as the latest case was that of a pregnant woman who tested positive in January this year, the first case was in February last year, the Indian Express report said.
As per WHO report dated May 26,“On May 15, 2017, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, reported three laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus disease in Bapunagar area, Ahmadabad district, Gujarat.”
An Union Health Ministry official said that all these were old cases, which were confirmed in January, “We shared the information with WHO then, and WHO has now decided to go public. These are not fresh cases, ” he was quoted as saying by the paper.
Speaking to The Sunday Express, J P Gupta said all three patients were now “Zika-free”, “leading normal lives” and “not under any medication. ”
“After we came to know about these cases, health authorities had launched a massive drive in those areas during those months and collected thousands of sample from the patients who were having fever. However, not a single positive case was found,” Singh told PTI.