There is currently no antiviral medication available for Zika virus infection. Rest, hydration, and pain medication are commonly prescribed for persons experiencing symptoms. Pregnant mothers who may have been exposed to Zika are routinely checked for birth abnormalities in their babies.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has confirmed the first Virus infection in Mumbai. The identified patient is a 79-year-old inhabitant of M-West ward, which encompasses the Chembur neighborhood. From July 19, the patient began to experience symptoms such as fever, stuffy nose, and cough. The patient is now well and was released on August 2. No more positive patients have been identified through contact tracing.
The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne that was discovered in the Zika Forest of Uganda in 1947. While it remained largely unknown for many years, it received global notice in 2015 due to a significant epidemic in the Americas, particularly in Brazil. This outbreak was linked to an increase in the number of newborns born with microcephaly, a dangerous birth disorder in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains Zika virus.