Health Desk-- May 19, 2017: Mosquito-borne chikungunya is largely nonlethal, so there is no need to panic for the it, Prof Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) on Thursday said.
She said this while addressing a briefing at the IEDCR held by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to inform journalists about precautions and consequences of the disease.
The mortality rate from chikungunya is very rare, the health expert said.
People recorded succumbing to the disease in India last year were found, in further analysis, to be carrying other diseases or infections alongside chikungunya, she told journalists at IEDCR office in the city's Mohakhali area.
Prof Sabrina said they have recorded a positive 86 out of 139 chikungunya cases between April 1 and May 17 this year.
Speaking at the briefing, Abul Kalam Azad, director general of DGHS, urged people not to panic about the disease.
Citizens need to keep their households clean so that mosquitoes cannot breed, he said.
Symptoms of chikungunya are fever, muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue, rash and often accompanied by a very debilitating joint pain which can last for days. Aedes aegypti mosquito is the carrier of both chikungunya and dengue viruses.
Society of Medicine, Bangladesh President Prof Khan Abul Kalam Azad, who also addressed the briefing, said if a person suddenly gets fever, mild or otherwise, feels pain and swelling in joints, and has rashes, then it can be suspected that s/he has chikungunya, said the professor.
If the pain is in the muscles and is accompanied with a high fever, it indicates that the patient may have dengue, he said.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), there is no cure for the disease.
However, treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.