Zika: India Used Questionable Loophole to Hide Its Zika Cases From the WHO

New Delhi: I reported a series of stories on the government’s delayed disclosure of Zika cases in India.

29 May 2017
“No Zika, Says Key Disease Surveillance Portal, Contradicting Health Ministry, WHO”
While the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme reports in detail about food poisoning, cholera and even Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, it has reported zero cases of Zika, though the government and WHO confirmed three cases.

2 June 2017
“India Used Questionable Loophole to Hide Its Zika Cases From the WHO”
Indian officials say there was no responsibility to inform the WHO, while the WHO says there was.

2 June 2017
“Days Before Confirming Three Zika Cases, WHO Moved India to Same Category as Brazil”
India was moved up from the safest category 4 to category 2 in WHO’s country-classification table for the Zika virus.

10 July 2017
“Tamil Nadu Confirms First Case of Zika– Within 11 Days of Detection”
The Tamil Nadu government conducted three tests in different states before confirming the positive case of Zika virus.