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The Union health ministry, in its guidelines on Zika virus disease issued on Tuesday, urged Kerala and Tamil Nadu to be extra vigilant. The ministry put out the guidelines on the back of the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring Zika a global emergency on Monday. Kerala and Tamil Nadu, where dengue transmission is prevalent aided by weather conditions, should ensure extra vigil, the guidelines said. Zika and dengue are spread by the same mosquito, Aedes aegypti. The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Delhi has been made the nodal agency for investigation of an outbreak in any part of the country. NCDC and the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune have the capacity to provide laboratory diagnosis of the Zika virus disease. Potential to spread

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