A Virus or a Car ?

Recently the most coveted brand for Motors — Tata Motors was in news, but not for Messi doing the Ad for the firm, rather having a car launched having the same name as one of the most dangerous virus ‘Zika’. It might be a coincidence but would rather be an interesting coincidence though.

After the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the Zika virus and its suspected complications in newborns as a public health emergency of international concern, the Union Health Ministry of India has sounded an alert for Zika and appointed the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as the nodal agency for investigation of any outbreak of the viral infection in India.

 About the National Centre for Disease Control:

It is an institute under the Indian Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

It was established in July 1963 for research in epidemiology and control of communicable diseases.

It was previously known as National Institute of Communicable Diseases.

 Background:

Zika virus disease is an emerging viral disease transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. This is the same mosquito that is known to transmit infections like dengue and chikungunya.

World Health Organisation has reported 22 countries and territories in Americas from where local transmission of Zika virus has been reported.

Microcephaly in the newborn and other neurological syndromes (Guillain Barre Syndrome) have been found temporally associated with Zika virus infection.

Keep Calm and Stay Safe

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