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Ahmedabad faces epidemic, 5,755 chikun Gunia cases confirmed

Written by: Staff

Ahmedabad, Aug 24 (UNI) After the rain fury, Gujarat is facing an epidemic outbreak with about 40,000 cases of various viral infections reported in Ahmedabad city in the past five days, of which 5,755 were confirmed Chikun Gunia cases.

Another 10,000 cases were symptomatic of Chikun Gunia, said Dr S P Kulkarni, Medical officer, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).

Chikun Gunia is a vector-borne viral fever transmitted to humans by the bite of mosquitoes. Chikun Gunya virus (CHIKV) is a member of the genus Alphavirus, in the family Togaviridae.

CHIKV infection can cause a debilitating illness, most often characterised by fever, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, rash, and joint pain. The term 'Chikun Gunia' is Swahili for 'that which bends up.' ''Though it is difficult to give an exact figure, about 2,000 to 5,000 cases of viral infections are being reported every day, in various city hospitals,'' Mr Kulkarni said.

Following the outbreak, the government has opened 40 Employee State Insurance Services (ESIS) Centres in the city to treat people.

Apart from the existing hospitals, 43 urban health centres have been opened and 67 doctors put on field work, he told UNI.

Most of the cases have been reported from the old city zone - Dariapur, Raikhad and parts of Khokra.

Few people in satellite towns and Vastrapur are also reportedly suffering from viral infections.

The AMC has constituted teams of health officials to assess the situation and fogging machines have been sent to the sensitive areas to tackle the mosquito menace. ''No Dengue case has yet come up,'' he said.


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