Five more people have tested positive for the Zika virus in Kerala, taking the total number of those infected to 28, said Kerala Health Minister Veena George. Of the five infected, two people are from Anayara and one each from Kunnukuzhi, Pattom and East Fort.
A cluster of Zika virus has been identified within a three-kilometer radius of Anayara and steps are being taken for extermination of mosquitoes in the area to prevent its spread to other places, George said on Wednesday. The minister said counselling was also being carried out to create awareness among the people with regard to exercising caution against the Zika virus and not to panic.
George said the state should be vigilant against the Zika virus and preventive operations have been intensified in other parts of Thiruvananthapuram. Besides fogging, emphasis will be placed on the destruction of the source of mosquitoes, she said and added that breeding of mosquitoes should not be allowed in the vicinity of houses and institutions.
“Do not let even a drop of water stagnate. Special care should be taken to prevent mosquitoes from breeding inside the house,” the minister said and added that besides Zika, steps should be taken to prevent spread of dengue, another vector- borne disease.