As per records, cases of chikungunya fever were in a decline in Kerala, state Health Minister P K Sreemathi told the assembly.
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.
The National Human Rights Commission issued a notice to Kerala government seeking details about the recent outbreak of chikungunya in the state which claimed 40 lives, saying such incidents were a violation of right to health.
Fever, arthritis, and other symptoms occurring in people to who have recently traveled to islands in the Indian Ocean may signal infection with an imported virus called “chikungunya,” reports a study in the May/June issue of the journal Medicine?, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
Between 1 January and 31 October 2006, 106 cases with evidence of chikungunya infection, have been reported by the HPA Special Pathogens Reference Unit (SPRU).
Sri Lanka has confirmed an epidemic of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya viral fever, a top health official said on Saturday. Doctors suspect it has infected 5,000 people in the island’s far north.
The Tamil Nadu government’s health department had declared Chikungunya as a ‘notifiable disease’ under the public health Act, 1939.
From February 2006 to 10 October 2006, the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia has reported 151 districts in 8 states/provinces of India affected by chikungunya fever (see below). The affected states are Andhra Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Delhi. More than 1.25 million suspected cases have been reported from the country, which 752,245 were from Karnataka and 258,998 from Maharashtra provinces. In some areas reported attack rates have reached 45%.
Chikungunya is turning out to be a national epidemic & a major calamity. There are horror stories of whole villages in Rajasthan being affected & old people who are so debilitated that they are not able to feed themselves.
While the Allopathic system seems to have no medicine or treatment to cure or prevent the disease, or take care of the after-effects – most importantly severe joint pains – Ayurveda / Siddha Physicians have been routinely treating this fever.