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13,921 people suffering from fever at 90 places in State: Dr Mundada

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Mumbai, Mar 24 (UNI) Maharashtra Health Minister Vimal Mundada today said cases of malaria, dengue, chicken gunia and typhoid were found in Nashik, Pune, Aurangabad, Latur and Akola regions and so far 13,921 patients affected by such type of fever have been identified at 90 places.

Dr Mundada told mediapersons here that the blood samples of nearly five per cent patients are being sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune to check up whether they are suffering from dengue or chicken gunia.

Saying both dengue and chicken gunia fever is caused by Edis Ejiptya mosquitoe, she said the word chicken gunia has been derived from the Swahili language of African countries and clarified that it is ''not connected with bird flu.'' She said chicken gunia was first detected in 1953 in Tanzania and in India it was detected in 1963 in Kolkata. In 1964, it was found in Chennai, Pondicherry, Vellore, Vishakhapattam and in 1965 in Rajahmundri, Kakinada and Nagpur. In 1973, the same fever was found in Barshi and later in Yavat village of Pune in 2000.

Dr Mundada said the gestation period of chicken gunia is around three to 12 days and added that the disease is not fatal.

She also said there is no vaccine for chicken gunia or dengue, but both are treated as per the symptoms.

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