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    Source: http://keralaonline.com/news/589-cas...tvm_47096.html


    589 cases of viral fever reported in TVM

    Thiruvananthapuram, Wednesday 27 May 2009: As many as 589 cases of viral fever were reported in the district on Tuesday, District Surveillance Officer Amar Fettle said.

    As a proportion of the district’s population, this figure is within acceptable limits, he added.

    Five cases of chikungunya have been confirmed in May in the district. No confirmed cases were reported on Tuesday.

    “The symptoms of this disease are very similar to those of viral fever. From the field, a person is identified as a ‘suspect’ case of chikungunya. After a doctor’s examination, the status is upgraded to ‘probable,’ if needed. Only when a lab confirms the disease can we say a person has chikungunya,” Dr. Fettle said.

    There are no indications as on Tuesday to suggest a surge in the incidence of any communicable diseases, including chikungunya, leptospirosis, malaria and dengue, in the district. The throat swab taken from a 10-year-old child who developed influenza-like symptoms after returning from the U.S. recently, has tested negative for influenza A (H1N1), he added.

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    Re: Viral fever cases

    Source: http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/s...2A/07OVZOOEmts

    Fever: More health staff to be deployed


    Express News Service
    First Published : 29 May 2009 10:32:13 AM IST
    Last Updated :

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Health Department has decided to deploy additional health staffs in each district following the threat of fever epidemic in the monsoon season.


    Health Minister P.K.Sreemathi has ordered to deploy 15 to 25 health inspectors more in each districts under the National Rural Health Mission.

    These health inspectors will be chosen from the PSC list available in each district. The District Medical Officer and District Programme Manager (NRHM) will deploy the staff in each district as per the requirement.

    1246 FEVER CASES IN T’PURAM DISTRICT: The District Medical Officer said that 1246 fever cases were reported in various government hospitals of the district on Thursday.

    Of these, one case has been confirmed as dengue fever, one case as rat fever and one case as chikungunya.

    The viral fever, being presently reported, is commonly found during the monsoon period and there is no need for panic, the DMO said in a press release here on Thursday.


    A rapid action force led by doctors has been formed and necessary arrangements have been made at all the government hospitals to tackle the situation. Cleaning and mosquito eradication programmes are being carried out throughout the district jointly by the Health and Local Self-Government departments, the release said.The DMO also said that all health institutions including private hospitals should report any new information about fever on phone number: 2466828.

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      Re: Viral fever cases

      Source: http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?a...n_North_Kerala

      1.5 lakh people affected from viral fever in North Kerala
      2009-07-29 19:40:00

      Lakhs of people in five districts of Kerala, especially the northern regions, are suffering from viral fever mainly caused by mosquito bite during monsoon season.

      Nearly, ten people have died so far in these regions. According to the health reports, more than 1.5 lakh people in five regions are affected in just few days and the government is taking all necessary steps to check the spread of the disease.

      Special camps have been arranged and extra doctors have been deputed to these regions. The severely affected districts of Kerala are Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayand, Kannur and Kasaragod.

      Many cases of Dengue fever, Chikunguniya, and Hepatitis have also been reported.

      The symptoms differ as per the region and the doctors say that this can be attributed as mosquito borne communicable diseases or viral fever with severe body pain.

      Dr. Abdul Samad, Superintendent of District Hospitalin Malapuram, said "after monsoon the number of people affected from fever is fast increasing specially in June and July. Compared to last month, 100 times increase has been reported, it is not a usual viral fever, the afflicted are showing symptoms of heavy pain and swelling with rashes."

      "We can attribute that its chikangunnya and like viral diseases which is spreading in these regions," he said.

      Till July 28, the number of patients had crossed 11 lakh starting from January this year.

      Hundreds of people afflicted with fever and acute joint pains, belong mostly from hilly hamlets and tribal areas throng in huge numbers to nearby hospitals for faster relief.

      Patients' complain of headache and joint pain and have not experienced such fever earlier.

      "Whole body in under severe pain. Many part of body have swollen and become red. I cannot stand and walk so my children helped me to the hospital. Doctor says that after medication it will be all right. I never experienced such pain," said Ansuma Bevi, a patient at the Malappuram Hospital.

      The district administration has moved into crisis management mode and has ordered to distribute free ration for families whose breadwinner have fallen sick. (ANI)

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        Re: Viral fever cases

        Source: http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/s...2A/07OVZOOEmts

        Fewer fever cases reported


        Express News Service
        First Published : 10 Aug 2009 01:26:00 AM IST
        Last Updated : 10 Aug 2009 09:21:51 AM IST

        THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: While there has been a spurt in the number of dengue fever cases in Thiruvananthapuram district this year, chikungunya cases have come down considerably when compared to the previous years, according the Communicable Disease Data of the Health Department.

        Thiruvananthapuram, which was worst affected by chikungunya in 2006 and 2007, saw a lesser onslaught of the virus last year, after which the number of cases has come down considerably now.

        In 2009, 1,41,761 new fever cases have been reported, which is also less compared to the previous two years.

        Till August, 552 cases of dengue fever have been reported in the district, out of which one death has occurred. There are also 281 suspected cases of dengue fever reported this year. This is high when compared to the previous two years.

        When it comes to leptospirosis, 312 cases have been reported

        here, out of which seven deaths have occurred. There are also 147 suspected cases of leptospirosis here. As many as 12,701 diarrhoea, 391 chicken pox, 379 viral hepatitis, 125 mumps, 105 measles, one cholera, 95 malaria and 184 typhoid cases have been reported in the district this year.

        An extensive data of the diseases being reported in each district is being prepared monthwise to analyse the situation. The State Epidemic Control Cell and Director of Health Services are monitoring the situation and preparing a detailed chart of each disease.

        It is interesting to note that as per the statistics, no cases of chikungunya have been reported from districts like Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Ernakulam. Pathanamthitta was the worst affected in 2007 when chikungunya had a devastating effect among the people here.

        trivandrum@epmltd.com

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