All Gurugram hospitals put on alert, rapid response teams set up, Health News, ET HealthWorld

GURUGRAM: The health department directed all hospitals on Wednesday to keep their eyes open for any cases of the Zika virus and other related diseases. People, who have travelled to affected areas, will be checked to detect these cases at the earliest.

“We have already formed 37 rapid response teams. Given the ongoing Covid transmission, fogging for adult mosquito control would be done if a large-scale (Zika) outbreak gets reported, taking utmost precautions to avoid any respiratory distress among Covid patients. All hospitals are required to inform us of any Zika cases immediately,” said Dr Virender Yadav, chief medical officer, Gurugram.

This comes on the heels of Uttar Pardesh reporting a Zika outbreak in Kanpur, with more than 100 cases already. Meanwhile, Maharashtra and Kerala have also reported Zika cases. However, so far, no Zika virus patient has been detected in Gurugram.

The Zika virus gets transmitted through the bite of an infected species of Aedes mosquito, which is also responsible for causing dengue and chikungunya. Yadav said that people should take all precautions against getting infected by mosquitoes.

Health officials advised residents to prevent mosquito breeding by destroying all unused containers, junk material, tyres and coconut shells, as well

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Covid: When can teenagers get a second dose?

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A second dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be offered to 16 and 17-year-olds across the UK, following updated advice from the UK’s vaccine committee.

All over-18s across the UK can have two Covid vaccine doses, as can some vulnerable, high-risk children over 12.

When can teenagers get a second dose?

The Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) says a second dose for those aged 16 and 17 is safe and effective 12 weeks after the first.

The JCVI has previously held back from recommending a second dose because of concerns over a very rare heart condition, called myocarditis, experienced by tiny numbers of young people – particularly boys – after the second dose.

It says it is now reassured by evidence from other countries that a 12-week gap between doses would lower that already very small risk.

A decision on a second dose for 12-15s has not yet been made but could happen in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, all 12-17 year olds should wait 12 weeks after a Covid infection before having their first or second dose.

No vaccine is currently approved for under-12s in the UK.

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