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Attempts for domestic vaccines against Zika virus to begin soon

New Delhi:The Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR) will soon conduct trials of the domestic developed vaccine against Zika virus, in…

New Delhi:

The Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR) will soon conduct trials of the domestic developed vaccine against Zika virus, in which cases have been reported in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

The ICMR will conduct phase II testing of the vaccine to determine the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine together with its adverse effects, a senior official said.

Vaccines manufacturer, Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, has developed a vaccine that they claim provides protection against infection caused by an Asian Zika virus strain as well as the African strain, he added.

“The Company had developed the vaccine about two years ago. At that time, we did not outburst Zika in India, as it was limited only to Latin America.

The process of approval of the authorities to conduct the trial will be initia Ted soon informed him.

Two people who tested positive for the Zika virus died in Bhopal. A total of 1

20 cases have been reported in the state.

A central team is investigating the situation and helping the Madhya Pradesh government to replicate action and The action plan implemented in Jaipur and Ahmedabad to contain the disease, said the official. Rajasthan has reported 159 cases of Zika.

In India, the first outbreak of Zika in Ahmedabad was reported in January 2017 and the second in Tamil Nadus Krishnagiri district in July the same year. Both of these outbreaks were successfully held by intensive monitoring and vector management.

During the last virus out Crime in the country occurred the first case on September 22 when an 85-year-old woman tested positive for the virus in Jaipur. Since then, the number of Zika cases has increased to 153 in Rajasthan.

Madhya Pradesh conducts intensive screening and vector control measures have been intensified. The government has also issued a consultancy for district administrations to take measures to control mosquito cultivation.

The State Health Department has called pregnant women not to visit the affected areas.

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