Spurt in chikungunya cases in Delhi

Last Updated: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 11:18

New Delhi: Chikungunya cases are on the rise
in the city with health agencies reporting more than 1000
cases in the last 20 days.

"Our records show only 33 cases of Chikunguya as most
hospitals are not reporting such cases. But after talking to
doctors and hospitals on a regular basis we can say that more
than 1000 cases have been reported in the past 20 days," VK
Monga, MCD`s Public Health Committee chairman, said.

Both private and government hospitals are getting a
large number of patients who are complaining of acute joint
pain.

Patients are reporting to hospitals after high-grade
fever.

Chikungunya is spread by the Aedes aegypti
mosquito. The symptoms of chikungunya are almost like dengue -
high fever, rashes, drop in platelets - but the distinguishing
symptom is acute joint pain.

"Most people are ignorant about the symptoms of
chikungunya and do not take it seriously too as there is no
fatality in this disease as in the case of dengue. There are
no vaccines for the disease and it is treated with painkillers
and fluids," Monga said.

According to MCD officials, majority of hospitals
treating such patients are not reporting to the MCD.

"All India Institute of Medical Sciences and
Safdarjung too come in the list of hospitals that are not
reporting to the MCD about the number of Chikungunya cases
that are being treated by its physicians symptomatically," he
claimed.

PTI



First Published: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 11:18

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