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Chikungunya on the rise in Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur, Sep 28: The Steel City is on Chikungunya and Dengue alert following several cases reported in the last 48 hours in the city. About 10 cases of Chikungunya alone have been detected in the East Singhbhum district, bringing the district health department officials on toes.

The sudden increase in Chikungunya cases has even left the authorities to look at reasons for this trend and ways to curb it. “As per our study, the weekly cases of vector-borne diseases, nearly 70 per cent cases are reported to be of Chikungunya. Against the increase in Dengue cases, the number of Chikungunya cases is much more comparatively. Though the spread is through the same aedes mosquito it is not clear why Chikungunya cases are on such an increase,” said an official.

District civil surgeon, AK Lal said the cases of Chikungunya were detected during the test of dengue at MGM Medical College’s lab during the past 48 hours.

“ After blood samples for detection of suspected dengue patients from the hospitals in the steel city had come to the viral disease research lab (VDRL) of the MGM medical college. In the lab test report, eight cases of Chikungunya have been detected, ” said Lal.

The civil surgeon pointed out six positive Chikungunya patients are from the East Singhbhum district, whereas others are from the outskirts. He went on to add that Chikungunya is caused due to the mosquito bite from an infected person. Steps are being taken to carry out the necessary control measures by activating the health department machinery.

The district administration has launched comprehensive measures to check the spread of the virus. The district health department, on the insistence of the district administration, has also sought help from corporate houses in its endeavor to arrest the outbreak.

Though all the three civic bodies are regularly convening meetings to counter the vector borne diseases in the city, the heaps of garbage lying unattended, dumped on roads or overflowing from garbage containers are serving as breeding grounds for the phenomenal growth of mosquitoes causing dengue virus throughout the city.

In most cases, the garbage and waste is overflowing for days as the concerned staff do not bother to remove it through the waste lifters. Areas like Jugsalai, Baghbera, Parsudih, Marine Drive, Sundernagar are the worst hit.

An official also claimed that the situation is under control and several patients have been discharged after treatment. However he accepted that lack of awareness among people is a major hurdle in controlling the virus.

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