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Nothing to worry about Zika virus: IEDCR

BSS     1st September, 2016 05:18:52 printer

Nothing to worry about Zika virus: IEDCR

Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) today said Bangladesh does not have any reason to be worried about Zika virus infliction amid reports that the number of confirmed Zika cases surged past 100 late Wednesday in Singapore.


"There is nothing to worry about with Zika virus in our country," IEDCR director Professor Mirjadi Mehjabin Flora told BSS adding all required steps including installation of thermal scanner at international airports to detect incoming Zika inflicted passengers from abroad.


She said in case of detection of anyone apparently sickened by Zika would quarantined immediately for further investigation.


Concerns over Zika virus grew stronger in Bangladesh after media reports suggested that of those who were tested positive in Singapore, six were Bangladeshis living there, a report authenticated by Bangladesh embassy in that country.


Experts said despite being one of Asia's cleanest cities with high health care standards, Singapore is a densely populated tropical island with heavy rainfall. It has a chronic problem with dengue fever, spread by the same Aedes mosquito that carries Zika.


Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes and the virus inflicted people develop symptoms lie mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache.


There is scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly in which a baby is born with a small head and underdeveloped brain.