The Health Minister of Kerala, India has reported 18 cases of Zika virus infection in the state on 11 July 2021. Media sources reported the infection was first identified in a pregnant woman in Thiruvananthapuram. On 28 June 2021, she was admitted to hospital with symptoms of fever, rash and headache. These are the first reports of Zika virus infection in Kerala.
Zika virus infection is caused by the Zika virus (ZIKV). It is spread by mosquito bites which in pregnancy may result in congenital zika syndrome, with severe consequences for the baby.
Aedes mosquitoes, which transmit ZIKV, are particularly persistent and aggressive biters. All travellers to countries that have reported ZIKV infection must consider:
strict mosquito bite avoidance measures, especially pregnant travellers and those planning pregnancy
travel insurance: pregnant women should check with their travel insurance company that they are covered under the policy before booking their trip, and be aware that the risk of ZIKV in any country may change during the time between planning the trip and travelling
See the Zika Virus infection page for further information.