A Zika Outbreak in Uttar Pradesh

Kanpur, India is seeing a surge of Zika cases—with at least 89 people, including 17 children, testing positive as of Monday.

  • The city’s first case was detected on Oct. 23.
  • It’s the populous Uttar Pradesh state’s first outbreak, although several other states in India have reported outbreaks in recent years.

Among the cases: A pregnant woman who is receiving special attention, given the link between microcephaly and Zika virus in Brazil’s 2015 outbreak.
The response: Health officials have launched aggressive contact tracing, upped outbreak surveillance, and stepped up efforts to eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes that transmit the virus.

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