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India, China, Pak, Bangladesh face Zika risk: Study

Thirteen Indians have tested positive for the Zika virus in Singapore.

zika, zika virus, zika infected, zika infected countries, india zika, china zika, pakistan zika, bangladesh zika, zika virus, zika virus transmission, zika symptoms, zika cures, helath, indian express news At the time of the analysis, local transmission of Zika virus had been confirmed in 40 countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

MANY Asian countries such as India, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Bangladesh are expected to be at great risk of Zika virus transmission due to a combination of high travel volumes from Zika-affected areas in the Americas, local presence of mosquitoes capable of transmitting the virus, suitable climatic conditions, large populations and/or limited health resources, reveals a study published online in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.

Countries with a large number of travellers arriving from Zika-affected areas in the Americas and with large populations at risk include India (67,422 travellers arriving per year; 1.2 billion residents in potential Zika transmission areas), China (238,415 travellers; 242 million residents), Indonesia (13,865 travellers; 197 million residents), Philippines (35,635 travellers; 70 million residents), and Thailand (29,241 travellers; 59 million residents).

Among these countries, India, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Pakistan and Bangladesh might be most vulnerable because of their limited per capita health resources. “An estimated 2.6 billion people live in areas where the local mosquito species and suitable climatic conditions mean that local Zika virus transmission is theoretically possible. However, there are still many unknown things about the virus and how it spreads. The impact on populations will also depend heavily on the country’s ability to diagnose and respond to a possible outbreak,” said author Dr Kamran Khan, St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada .

In the study, the research team — which included scientists from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Oxford University (UK) and the University of Toronto (Canada) — established the ecological niche for Zika virus in the Americas.

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At the time of the analysis, local transmission of Zika virus had been confirmed in 40 countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

13 Indians test positive for Zika in Singapore

Thirteen Indians have tested positive for the Zika virus in Singapore. The city-state is grappling with rising numbers of the mosquito-borne disease.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “As per our embassy in Singapore, 13 Indian nationals have tested positive for Zika in that country.”

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There has been a surge in the number of people affected by the Zika virus in Singapore, particularly among those working in construction sites. Foreign nationals including six Bangladeshis and 21 Chinese are among the 115 confirmed cases in Singapore. The Indian High Commission said the Singapore government informed it about the cases on Wednesday.

First published on: 02-09-2016 at 02:30:01 am
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