Authorities in Kerala, in India’s south, have issued a statewide alert after 14 cases of the Zika virus were detected.
The state is currently battling a surge in COVID-19 cases, with more than 13,000 infections recorded on Friday, the highest number of any Indian state.
Among the Zika patients was a 24-year-old pregnant woman who was undergoing treatment at a hospital in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram.
Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable and can transmit the mosquito-borne illness to their newborns, which can result in life-altering conditions such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare auto-immune disease.
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