THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The capital district reported a Zika virus infection in a 62-year-old man, almost two months after the health department declared the outbreak under control. A native of Mannakkal in Thirupuram was detected with infection during treatment at a private hospital.
The health department has started vector control measures and collected blood samples of people near the infected person’s house. District medical officer K S Shinu said a fever survey has been started by the Paraniyam family health centre. Lijikumar S, a ward member of Mannakkal, said the infected person was suffering from various illnesses and had been a frequent traveller to various hospitals in the city.
The state reported the first Zika virus infection in a pregnant woman from Parassala on July 7. In the next 30 days, over 55 cases were detected in the state.