By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the Zika virus infection situation in Kerala state, India, Health Minister Veena George confirmed one additional case on Saturday and three additional cases on Sunday, bringing the Zika virus case total to 18.

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This included and nearly two year old toddler and 29-year-old hospital worker.

Health Minister George said the state was ready to test for Zika virus at Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur and Kozhikode Medical Colleges, Alappuzha NIV.

Zika virus testing facilities will be set up in more labs in the state. Cases outside medical colleges will also be screened in the public health lab and RTPCR in the state. There are 27 government labs that can conduct testing.

Minister Veena George said hospitals have been instructed to screen patients who come to hospitals with symptoms of fever, red spots and body aches, especially pregnant women, for the Zika virus.

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