45 chikungunya cases, highest in four years: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Karam Prakash

Patiala, November 12

Amid rising dengue fever cases, the district is seeing an increase in cases of another vector-borne disease, chikungunya. This season, the district reported the highest number of chikungunya cases in the past four years.

Aedes mosquito

The Aedes mosquito present in the environment is responsible for the spread of chikungunya and dengue fever. An infected person traveling from another district or state might have carried the virus to Patiala and the virus is further spread by mosquitoes here. — Dr. Sumeet Singh, District Epidemiologist

Patiala district reported 17 new chikungunya cases on Saturday, bringing the total number to 45. Of the 45 cases, four were reported in rural areas and the rest in the city alone.

Dr Sumeet Singh, District Epidemiologist, said: “The Aedes mosquito present in the environment is responsible for the spread of chikungunya and dengue fever. An infected person traveling from another district or state might have carried the virus to Patiala and the virus is further spread by mosquitoes here.

A doctor at Mata Kaushalya government hospital said every patient who tested negative after suffering from dengue should also be tested for chikungunya.

Dengue fever and chikungunya have similar symptoms such as fever, headache, joint pain, muscle pain, eye pain, nausea, vomiting, and rash.

The district epidemiologist said, “We have already tested over 200 people with suspected chikungunya.”

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