Indian medical experts conducted tests on the blood samples collected from patients suffering from fever in Kerala, India have confirmed that they were inflicted with chikungunya.
Indian State Health Minister P K Sreemathi told the assembly about the findings.
Allaying fears that some other kind of ‘mysterious’ fever was spreading in the state, Sreemathi said there was no reason to disbelieve the statement of the experts and the scientists of the country.
State government was ready to get a study done by World Health Organisation if necessary, she said while replying to a calling attention motion on the necessity of conducting a comprenesive study on the mosquito-borne diseases in the state.
The best way to check the spread of the disease was to destroy mosquito breeding centres and reduce the density of the insects, she said. All sections of the people in the state have to resolve to carry out an effective anti-mosquito and cleanliness drive.
Mosquito-borne diseases have been on increase in the state since 2000, she added.