As many as 147 cases were recorded in four districts of Uttar Pradesh, namely Kanpur (139), Lucknow (6), Unnao (1) and Kannauj (1), the minister said.
The strengthening of disease monitoring mechanisms is important since the implication of missing Nipah and Zika cases is that Kerala could potentially become the setting for the next pandemic.
With this, the total number of Zika virus cases in the state has gone up to 111 of which 108 have been reported from Kanpur and one from Kannauj.
As many as 106 people have been diagnosed with the viral infection in the state so far with first case coming to light at Chakeri Air Force Station in Kanpur on October 23.
On Saturday, 13 people had tested positive for Zika virus. One case was also reported from neighbouring Kannauj district.
The first case in Kanpur was reported on October 23 when an Indian Air Force (IAF) warrant officer had tested positive for Zika virus.
The first case of the infection was reported in an IAF member at the Kanpur IAF station on October 23
Meanwhile, the health department has sounded an alert across districts and intensified surveillance under its infectious disease control campaign to identify zika cases.
UP government is carrying out strict testing of samples at a large scale to remove the risk of any further spread at KGMU, Lucknow.
In August this year, soon after tens of Zika cases were recorded in Kerala, Maharashtra too had reported a few cases of the disease.
The health department has started vector control measures and collected blood samples of people near the infected person’s house.
The government has been monitoring the situation by setting up 13 check-posts in Coimbatore district which is close to Kerala on the directives of CM M K Stalin, the minister told reporters.
The Zika virus, transmitted through the aedes aegypti mosquito, causes fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain and its initial symptoms may be similar to Covid.
The Zika virus, transmitted through the aedes aegypti mosquito, causes fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain and its initial symptoms may be similar to Covid-19.
Zika virus spreads through the bite of the aedes aegypti mosquito and most patients do not have symptoms.