Chikungunya fast spreading in coastal areas

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Mangalore, May 21 (UNI) Chikungunya menace, which was first traced in Sullya taluk of Daxina Kannada a few weeks ago is now fast spreading to other neighboring taluks of Puttur, parts of Bantwal and Belthangady recording more than 1500 suspected cases creating a severe cause of concern for the district health department.

Meanwhile, a person from Ramakunja near Kadaba in Puttur suffering with high fever and joint pains for the last one week died at a private hospital in Puttur on Monday last.

However, the health department clarified that Ramanath (28) had not died of Chikungunya.

District Health Officer Govindaraj had clarified that the disease for death was however, yet to be ascertained, the cause of death even might have been rat fever, he said.

The cases of running high fever and joint pains were increasing day by day and there were daily huge queues seen in most of the private clinics in Puttur, Sullya and Belthangady for taking treatment.

The health department, however, has only the records of those who were admitted in the government hospitals and health centres and of those tested their blood in the government hospitals.

Majority among those who were suffering with the Chikungunya were from labour class.

Meanwhile, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) team which had arrived at Sullya from New Delhi on May 20 had held meeting with local health officials and staff to discuss about controlling the disease from spreading to other parts and other preventive aspects.

The beds were full with patients complaining of high fever and joint pains in the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in places like Sullya, Panja, Bellare, Subramanya, Aranthodu and Gutthegaru.

To control the heavy rush in these PHCs, the department had set up mobile clinics for the distribution of medicines in all Anganwady centres in the taluk.

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