11 cases of chikungunya in Hooghly

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  • Published 27.10.08

Chinsurah, Oct. 26: Eleven cases of chikungunya have been detected in Hooghly — the first outbreak in the district.

The affected blocks are Singur, Chanditala and Khanakul.

Those afflicted are being treated at home.

“We sent 30 blood samples for tests to the School of Tropical Medicine in Calcutta. Eleven tested positive for chikungunya. This is the first time chikungunya has been detected in Hooghly,” said Bhusan Chakraborty, the chief medical officer of health.

“The chikungunya cases were reported from Mrigala in Chanditala, Bara in Singur as well as Nadipur and Palaspai panchayat areas in Khanakul,” Chakraborty said.

According to him, three residents of Chanditala were suffering from chikungunya while four persons each from Singur and Khanakul were found infected with the virus.

However, Chakraborty said, there was nothing to panic.

District health officials said 104 residents of Chanditala, 187 of Singur and 133 of Khanakul had high fever.

Doctors in the three blocks said the patients were being treated for fever, joint pains, rashes, nausea and vomiting — all symptoms of the viral infection.

Two persons in Purulia were detected with suspected dengue today.