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    Rameswaram, May 10 Over a thousand persons have been affected by malaria, chikun gunya and some other viral and mosquito borne diseases in Ramanathapuram district in the last ten days, public health department sources said.

    Malaria had struck in a big way in Pamban, Rameswaram, Keezhakarai and other coastal villages, while hundreds of patients were affected with a mysterious viral fever in the district, Uma Maheswari, Deputy Director of Health said.

    In Terkuvadi village near Pamban here, six persons were found to have chikun gunya fever and it would spread to other parts of the district if adequate measures were not taken, said a senior doctor in a private hospital.

    Meanwhile, the health department had warned the Ramanathapuram district administration about the spread of brain fever (Japanese encephalitis), caused due to the growth of stray pigs. In a communication sent to the district Collector, the officials said, "if the district administration did not take steps to control the stray pigs immediately, there will be a big menace of brain fever outbreak."

    Recent heavy summer rains in the district created pools of stagnant waters at several places, leading to the proliferation of Chikun gunya causing mosquitoes, health department officials said. Meanwhile, Madurai-based Centre for Research in Medical Entomology (CRME) would soon undertake second phase of research on dengue control at Chennai. The USD 60,000 project had been cleared by the World Health Organisation, to whom the report of the first phase of research had been submitted, a CRME official said.

    Under this project, Chennai city and suburban areas would be surveyed and a comprehensive plan of control for dengue would be developed, he said.

    The study (survey) would focus on ecological, biological and social aspects of dengue under major metro city conditions.

    A team of scientists and entomologists belonging to CRME would work from the field station at National Insitute of Epidemiology at Ayapakkam near Ambattur in Chennai. - Agencies

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    Re: Chennai: Malaria and chikungunya cases reported


    TN govt to set up GIS to track vector-borne diseases

    Ramanathapuram, Sep 17: With the number of chikungunya and dengue cases on a high, the government is planning to set up Geographical Information System (GIS) for tracking the vector-borne diseases across the state, Public Health department officials said.

    "We are planning an Online Disease Surveillance and Prediction System with the help of Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology (TSCST). Tamil Nadu is the first state in the country to put such a system in operation," an official told PTI.

    The system would also be used to track swine flu, a TSCST member said.

    Public health department and council would create an emergency Response Management Mechanism at the council's office at Chennai. "We will help the government in the surveillance, so that the department will be able to take preventive steps on time with the help of online prediction and emergency response management of vector-borne diseases and swine flu using GIS applications," said another TSCST member.

    Meanwhile, the officials of the Centre for Research in Medical Entomology, a wing of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), said they would be providing necessary entomological and epidemiological data.

    The ICMR officials said the system would help to immediately predict any outbreak, as data would include symptoms, time, location of outbreak and its intensity. - Agencies
    Sep 17, 2009


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      Re: Chennai: Malaria, chikungunya, dengue cases reported


      6 kids die of dengue, but city corpn in denial mode
      Pushpa Narayan, TNN 16 October 2009, 02:27am IST

      CHENNAI: Dengue has claimed the lives of at least six children in the city in the past two months, but health officials say they know nothing
      about it.

      More than 80 children have been admitted to the intensive care units of hospitals, and doctors say a rise in mosquito population and delay in diagnoses are causes for concern.

      ?There has been no rain this year and the population of mosquitoes that breed in fresh water should be low. But a considerable number of children are coming in with dengue symptoms. Many of them are referred late,? said Dr Radha Rajagopalan, senior paediatrician at Apollo Hospital for Children. ?Our hospital has lost two children in the last two months,? she said. Patients have come from across the city, including CIT Nagar, Kotturpuram, Mahalingapuram and T Nagar.

      Doctors at Kanchi Kamakoti Child Trust Hospital and Mehta Hospital for Children said they were also seeing dengue cases. Each hospital has recorded at least two deaths since August. The state-run Institute of Child Health has also been getting patients with dengue symptoms. ?We have been treating a lot of children for dengue, but we do not have laboratory tests to prove the numbers,? said ICH deputy director Dr Jayachandran.

      Chennai Corporation denied any dengue cases in the city. ?None of the hospitals have notified any case. We are constantly screening for mosquitoes and we have found the population of aedes aegypti, which causes dengue, to be low,? said health officer Dr P Kuganantham.