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Chikungunya cases on the rise in capital

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Health Desk—July 13, 2017: The number of Chikungunya cases is rising in Dhaka alarmingly. Prof Meerjady Sabrina Flora, a director at Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), said, the number of Chikungunya cases rose to 2,748 on Wednesday from 2,700 on Tuesday.

Coordinated efforts by people, the government, and non-government agencies are needed to combat chikungunya in the capital, she said.

Torrential rain may help killing the aedis mosquito, but waterlogging will worsen the situation, Flora said.

However, Prof Flora said, “Dying from chikungunya is very rare.”

According to a health expert, the mosquito-borne disease is largely nonlethal but it may turn fatal if an ailing person is simultaneously found to have immunodeficiency, or carries another disease or infection.

Symptoms of chikungunya are fever, muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. The disease often comes with a very debilitating joint pain which can last for days. Aedes aegypti mosquito is the carrier of both chikungunya and dengue viruses.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), there is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.

Meanwhile, Brac launched an awareness campaign to contain the disease as chikungunya continues to spread.