16
Tuesday
October 2018
11:44 AM IST
News Headlines
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | Health   | About Deepika 
National News
India on alert as zika virus hits tourism hotspot of Jaipur
 
NEW DELHI: India has sent experts to try to contain an outbreak of the zika virus in the popular tourist destination of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, with a close watch on pregnant women.

Twenty-two people in the city have tested positive, the health ministry said. There is no vaccine to the virus which can cause severe birth defects in unborn children.

Pregnant women in the area are being monitored by the National Health Mission, a body set up by the government to improve healthcare across the country.

“The situation continues to be monitored regularly,” the ministry said in a statement late on Monday.

The Toronto-based International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers said it was advising pregnant travellers to postpone trips to the area, part of India’s tourist “golden triangle” of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, home to the Taj Mahal.

First discovered in 1947, the zika virus reached epidemic proportions in Brazil in 2015, when thousands of babies were born with microcephaly, a brain defect affecting speech and motor function.

It is the third such outbreak in India, with the first in Ahmedabad in January 2017 and the second in Tamil Nadu in July 2017. Both outbreaks were “successfully contained”, the government said.

The latest cases - in the middle of the country’s festival season where many Indians travel, increasing the risk of transmission - come amid a spike in other mosquito-borne diseases that kill thousands across India each year, according to the World Health Organisation.

The capital Delhi has reported a rise in cases of dengue fever, with 169 reported in the first week of October and taking the total for the year to 650, according to NDTV, citing figures from the South Delhi Municipal Corporation that tracks mosquito-borne diseases.

Reuters


Minister MJ Akbar Sues Journalist For Defamation Over #MeToo Allegations
Goa Congress Calls Cabinet Meeting in AIIMS 'Desperate Drama', Demands Parrikar's Resignation
‘Flogging a dead horse’: BJP’s comeback on Rahul’s attack on Rafale
AG Venugopal favours Indu ruling on Sabarimala
I believe in all of them: Maneka Gandhi on #MeToo
Kejriwal asks PM to apologise after IT Dept raids premises of Gahlot
SC asks Centre to provide details of Rafale decision making in sealed cover
Swaraj dodges questions on sexual harassment allegations against MJ Akbar
20,000 migrants flee Gujarat
Maharashtra and UP ATS nab BrahMos Aerospace engineer for leaking info to Pakistan
Train hits dead end at Mumbai's LTT station; none hurt
Plea in SC seeks review of Sabarimala judgement
No question of alliance with BJP, we are secular people: Shivpal
Bar demands lifting ban on lawyers' strike, but CJI unimpressed
Some more steps likely to narrow CAD, says Jaitley
2 killed in road accident in UP
India, Russia sign pact to implement new civil nuclear projects
Modi govt waging a war with Indians to impose suffocating ideology: Rahul
SC refuses to interfere in probe against IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt in 22-yr-old case
Farmers who win Nobel prize in natural farming to get Rs 100 cr: AP CM
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Mohanlal's Odiyan: Official trailer launched
 Finally the wait is over. The much awaited Mohanlal film Odiyan's trailer has been released.
 
Mammootty narrates Odiyan's intro?
Sradha Kapoor as Saina Nehwal: First look poster is out.
Keerthy Suresh and Kalyani Priyadarshan joins Marakkar
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Flash floods kill at least 13 people in southwest France
 (Paris, oct 15, 2018):Flash floods tore through towns in southwest France, turning waterways
Prince Harry and wife Meghan expecting first baby next year
Death Toll in Afghanistan Election Rally Blast Climbs to 22
Kabul voters wrestle with newspaper-sized ballot paper
KERALA NEWS
Sabarimala row: Protests against SC verdict continue
 Thiruvananthapuram: Members of the Opposition Congress and BJP in Kerala Friday staged demonstration
Balabhaskar's wife Lakshmi shifted to ICU
Idukki dam's one shutter opened
Eight pacts signed after Modi-Putin summit
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2018 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.