Two more test Zika positive in Kerala, total case stands at 30

Two more cases of Zika virus have been detected in Kerala, taking the total case count to 30, of which 10 are active cases, Kerala Health Minister Veena George said on Friday.

The two people who tested positive for the virus are residents of Nedungadand Anayara areas of Thiruvananthapuram, the minister said in a health department release.

The infection was confirmed in a test conducted at the virology lab of the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, it said.

Earlier in the day, a meeting of the state revenue and health ministers was held on dealing with the Zika virus, a release said.

In the meeting, state Revenue Minister K Rajan and Health Minister Veena George decided to work together, along with the Local Self Government department, to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and to strengthen the sanitation committees at the ward level.

They said that besides Zika, cases of dengue too were being reported from various districts of the state and therefore, the two have to be dealt with and it can only be done if all three departments work together, the release said.

In order to ensure that the medical infrastructure, which is already dealing with a large number of coronavirus cases is not further overburdened, it was decided in the meeting to formulate a district-wise action plan as soon as possible to prevent the further spread of Zika and dengue.