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Four blood samples test positive for Chicken Guinea

Written by: Staff
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Bhopal, July 7 (UNI) Out of 36 blood samples from Madhya Pradesh's Betul district examined by New Delhi-based National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), four were tested positive for Chicken Guinea disease.

A team from Bhopal's Gandhi Medical College and Jabalpur Medical College had collected 70 samples from Betul and sent for examination to the NICD. Report of tests conducted on 36 samples has been received so far.

Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi said precautionary measures undertaken by the state government in view of an outbreak in adjoining districts of neighbouring Maharashtra has helped in containing the disease.

Elaborate arrangements, including doctors, paramedical staff, medicines and pesticides, were in place in these districts, while Chief Medical and Health Officers in the concerned districts were kept alert.

The government's steps had proved effective with very few cases of Chicken Guinea coming forward.

Two NIDC doctors had gone on a visit to Betul yesterday along with Public Health and Family Welfare Director Yogiraj Sharma. The team would collect detailed information and review the measures taken to contain the disease.

The government had obtained information about those affected from the disease in the district on May 31.

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