The Zika virus has spread to most Indian states, including Telangana,

According to a study carried out by the ICMR and NIV, Pune.

Zika is a vector-borne disease spread by mosquitoes.

Its symptoms include fever, headache, rashes, and joint and muscle pain.

Last year, 66 cases were reported in an outbreak of the virus in Kerala.

1,475 samples tested as part of the study, 64, which included a sample from Osmania Medical College, tested positive for Zika virus.

The study found the presence of the virus in Delhi, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Punjab, Telangana, Kerala, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

Dr B.R. Shamanna, said the findings showed that scientists were now beginning to recognise the Zika virus.