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    Seven chikungunya cases reported in the Capital

    ?This may lead to an outbreak of the disease?


    NEW DELHI: Seven chikungunya cases have been reported in the Capital this week. According to the Municipal Health Officer, N. K. Yadav, all the patients were infected during their visits to Kerala.

    In a statement here on Friday, Dr. Yadav said there may be more undetectable and sub-clinical cases of chikungunya entering the Capital and this might lead to an outbreak of the disease.

    Since there are no specific drugs against the disease, the only fool-proof method is prevention, he added.

    A viral disease spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, chikungunya is characterised by high fever, severe joint pain, headache, photophobia and a reddish rash on the body. Treatment is usually symptomatic and supportive. Several cases are being reported from the Southern States.

    Following heavy rain in the Capital earlier this week, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has deployed about 3,000 domestic breeding-checkers to raise awareness about the mosquito menace.

    Ten domestic breeding-checkers, who will report to the area Municipal Councillor, have been deployed in each ward.

    Their duties include detection of sites conducive to mosquito breeding and encouraging residents to take steps to prevent water-logging and stagnation around their houses.

    According to the MCD, 14,998 people have been served notices and 1,566 have been fined for allowing such conditions to thrive near their residences.

    Group meetings

    The Chairman of the MCD Standing Committee, Vijender Gupta, has asked each Councillor to nominate five non-government organisations or Residents? Welfare Associations who will arrange 10 group meetings with at least 50 household owners in attendance where they will be handed out information regarding prevention of diseases like chikungunya and dengue.

    http://www.hindu.com/2007/07/07/stor...0757540400.htm
    ?Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights ? that must be our call to arms"
    Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

    ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ GertvanderHoek@gmail.com ~~~

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    Re: Seven chikungunya cases reported in the Capital

    Three more chikungunya cases in Delhi

    Staff Reporter

    11 cases registered so far

    NEW DELHI: Three more chikungunya cases have been reported here in the Capital taking the grand total of such cases registered so far to 11. While one case is from Delhi, the other 10 are patients who have come from areas outside Delhi.

    Chikungunya is a viral illness that gets spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes. The disease resembles dengue fever and is characterised by severe, sometimes persistent, joint pain as well as fever and rash. Rarely is the fever life-threatening.

    Effectiveness of nets

    Measures to be followed to protect oneself against chikungunya include wearing full sleeve clothes and long dresses to cover the limbs, use of mosquito coils, repellents and electric vapour mats during daytime, and use of mosquito nets to protect babies, old people and others who mighty rest during the day.

    The effectiveness of such nets can be improved by treating them with permethrin (pyrethroid insecticide). Curtains can also be treated with insecticide and **** at windows or doorways to repel or kill mosquitoes.

    Mosquitoes become infected when they bite people who are sick with chikungunya.

    http://www.hindu.com/2007/07/22/stor...2259600300.htm
    ?Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights ? that must be our call to arms"
    Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

    ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ GertvanderHoek@gmail.com ~~~

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