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‘Rural people at risk for chikungunya, warn experts

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Health Desk: July 3, 2017-- Although chikungunya outbreak is limited in Dhaka city this year, people in rural areas are at risk for the disease as studies showed presence of aedes mosquitoes.

Mentioning the presence of aedes albopictus mosquito in rural areas is very high compared to urban areas, Dr SM Alamgir, Senior Scientific Officer of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), said, "Two species of mosquito -- aedes aegypti and aedes albopictus -- cause chikungunya diseases.

Suspected chikungunya patients should visit nearby health complexes and hospitals to prevent outbreak of the disease, he added.

Director of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Prof Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora said, "We got 1930 chikungunya suspected cases till June 21 this year."

However, she suggested destroying all potential mosquito breeding sources as the outbreak of chikungunya disease in the capital has increased sharply this year.

Director General of Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad in this connection said, "Chikungunya is not serious like other mosquito-borne diseases. After a particular time, patients get recovery without receiving any special medical treatment."