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India’s Kerala state issues state-wide alert after Zika virus cases detected

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An Aedes aegypti species mosquito feeding on a human.

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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