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Biomarkers detected for Chikungunya fever

Three specific biomarkers provide an accurate indication of the severity of Chikungunya fever (CHIKF), which is emerging as a threat in South-East Asia, the Pacific and Europe, according to research conducted in Singapore. Since the biomarkers can be easily detected and measured in blood, this...

Researchers create first chikungunya animal model

Researchers have developed the first animal model of the infection caused by chikungunya virus (CHIKV), an emerging arbovirus associated with large-scale epidemics that hit the Indian Ocean (especially the French Island of La Runion) in 2005, later spreading to India, and Italy in 2007. Using thi...

Tomato Fever Replaces Chikungunya in Kerala

A large number of people in Kerala are thronging hospitals with symptoms of a rare fever, locally called tomato fever. Doctors say the fever is an after-effect of Chikungunya. Tomato fever is spreading rapidly in the areas of Mudakayam, Varzur and Kanirapally in Kottayam and Pathina...

Kerala Government Battles With Chikungunya On All Counts

As Kerala staggers under the whipping rod of Chikungunya, the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) government has been cornered over its quest for a 'politically correct' low-cost health cover plan . Incidentally, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government had dumped its BPL (below poverty li...

Ramadoss to Discuss Chikungunya With Health Ministers of Nine States Tomorrow

Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, has called a meeting of health ministers of nine states tomorrow to discuss the measures to be taken to control the mosquito-borne disease, Chikungunya . The Health Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Gujarat, Maha...

Kerala Seeks Centres Help to Curb Chikungunya Spread

With nearly 30,000 people in south and central districts of Kerala hospitalised with chikungunya fever, an infection spread by the Aedes mosquito , the state has decided to seek help from the central government. Reports from Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts indicate that arou...

Twenty-two Chikungunya Cases Confirmed in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra health department Thursday said 22 cases of Chikungunya disease were confirmed in Kolhapur district of the sate . "Of the 20 villages in Kolhapur district from where an outbreak of the viral fever was reported, we have found 22 cases from only 12 villages, which tested posit...

Current Dengue and Chikungunya Status in India

In a press release the Ministry of Health has indicated the current situation with both these viral infections in India. In its update on Dengue// the Ministry has confirmed reports of 9453 cases and 157 deaths as a whole including Delhi as on 04.11.2006 upto 12 .30 hrs. In Delhi and NCR - ...

45% of Indians Affected by Chikungunya Fever

India is reeling under the effects of the country's worst epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus in decades with almost 45% of Indians having been infected by Chikungunya,// according to the World Health Organization. In a statement issued yesterday by the WHO, over 1.25 million suspected case...

India Records Over 1.3 mn Chikungunya Cases

As dengue fever grips the country, another viral disease chikungunya is causing concern as over 1.3 million suspected cases //have been reported across nine states. Though Delhi has 28 suspected cases and seven confirmed cases, the worst hit is Karnataka with over 756,028 suspected cases and 2...

Health Officials Investigating Plausible Chikungunya Outbreak in Bengal villages

West Bengal- Four villages belonging to West Bengal’s North 24, parganas District, is reeling under the onslaught of a ‘puzzling’ fever, which has affected nearly 2000 people.// The symptoms point towards a possible Chikungunya outbreak. District Chief Medical Officer, Kusum Adhikari said, t...

Preventive Action Intensified to Control Chikungunya Spread

Thiruvananthapuram: The Health Department has announced that it is adequately geared with a meticulous plan, encompassing both prevention as well as // control measures, to counter a potential chikungunya outbreak. Presently, four districts in Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Ernakulum and Ko...

No Chikungunya Deaths In Kerala

The Kerala Health Department today clarified that so far no chikungunya deaths were reported in the state. Director of Health Services T.K. Kuttamani said //that three death attributed to chikungunya were infact natural deaths due to age-related illnesses. Mukundan, 71 at Vavallichira, Cherth...

Lakhs Affected As Chikungunya Sweeps Across The Nation

Reports have claimed that after 32 long years, Chikungunya, a viral disease that spreads through mosquitoes, has resurfaced affecting lakhs of people across India.// The disease is characterised by high fever that lasts for around 7 to 10 days, and is usually associated with, painful joints, ...

Delhi Gears up to Fight Chikungunya Fever

Health authorities in Delhi Wednesday said they were fully prepared to deal with an outbreak of Chikungunya fever even as they feigned ignorance about three cases being detected// in the city. "We have not received any confirmation about Chikungunya being detected in Delhi. Since the disease ...

Beware of Chikungunya !!

Chikungunya has been declared as the epidemic of this season. This disease seems to have overshadowed both malaria and dengue.// 11 lakh cases of the viral disease had been reported from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala in the last 2 years. ...

Madhya Pradesh Affected by Chikungunya Fever

Chikungunya, a relatively rare form of mosquito-transmitted viral fever//, has claimed two lives in Madhya Pradesh and hundreds are suffering from the disease, health officials said. The disease, which has been reported in Madhya Pradesh for the first time, reportedly entered the state through...

Over one Lakh Affected by Chikungunya Disease Nagercoil

About 1.50 lakh people have been affected by the chikungunya disease all over the country and in Tamil Nadu the figure was 11,000, Dr Jagadeesh Ramasamy //, Additional Director, Vector borne Diseases, Tamil Nadu, said today. Andhra and Karnataka are the most affected states, he said. P...

French Minister To Visit La Reunion Island To Monitor Chikungunya Epidemic

Chikungunya epidemic, a mosquito-borne disease for which there is no known cure or vaccine has claimed the lives of nearly 77 French inhabitants of La Reunion Island // on Indian Ocean. As Nearly 1 in 6 inhabitants are affected in the island, announced Xavier Bertrand, French Health Minister. M...

Thousands of Keralites Under the Grip of Chikungunya

About 94,000 people in Kerala have been affected by fever in the last one week while about 7,000 patients have been identified with mosquito-borne chikungunya fever , according to the state health department. "About 7,000 patients have now been identified of having mosquito-borne chikunguny...

Yoga and Meditation May be Helpful to Combat Chikungunya

Take to yoga, pranayama and meditation besides controlled breathing techniques to take on chikungunya. This is the advice from the Art of Living Foundation//. Encouraged by the efficacy of its techniques in treating people with symptoms of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne disease that can prove f...

Meeting to tackle Chikungunya

A meeting of the Health Ministers of chikungunya-affected States will be oganised by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry in the capital today//. The agenda is to come out with a plan to combat the disease that has affected more than 1.3 million people in India. Chikungunya has tak...

Kochi To Conduct Campaigns Against Chikungunya

The Kochi Corporation has announced that it will be conducting a drive against chikungunya. Health workers, volunteers and NGO representatives will visit areas in the// city and ask people not to allow water to stagnate in waste bins, bottles and cans. Mayor Mercy Williams said that this camp...

Homeopathy Can Take Care Of Chikungunya

Doctors at the Government Homeopathic Medical College in Kozhikode have claimed that homeopathy offers a cure for chikungunya.// Principal Abdul Rehman said in a release that several medicines like Uppttorium, Rextokes and Brayonia could effectively tackle chikungunya. He added at a one-day se...

Strategies by the State Government to eradicate Chikungunya

A common proposal for prevention of chikungunya and dengue fever in the state has been brought out by the Directorate of Public Health//. Aedes aegypti, mosquito is the common carrier of both chikungunya causing virus and dengue causing virus. Hence, the state has taken up an integrated mosquit...

Southern States Health Ministers To Discuss Ways To Stop Chikungunya

Health Ministers of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra are to meet in Bangalore next month to discuss ways to stop the rapid spread of Chikungunya.// The disease has ravaged the four states and has infected lakhs of people in the biggest occurrence after it came to India through ...

Seven Dead in Maharashtra Due to Suspected Chikungunya

Seven people have died due to suspected chikungunya in three districts of Akola, Buldhana and Washim in Maharashtra, hospital sources said. // While four patients died in Akot, two and one expired at Telhara and Ghuser respectively, they said. Many others were believed to have been suffering ...

No Cure for the New Mosquito-Borne Disease, Chikungunya

This new crippling mosquito-borne disease, chikungunya has affected about 50 000 people on France's Indian Ocean island of Reunion. // This disease has no cure. Though not fatal this extremely painful disease results in a stooped posture. The prevalence of the disease has been recorded as...

'Airport malaria' -- cause for concern in the US

...ernational transmission creates an increased possibility for the reintroduction of not just malaria, but other detrimental diseases such as dengue and chikungunya fever, into areas where they are not normally found. For example, people infected with malaria can travel anywhere in the world in 24 hours or less an...

Notice Sent to Courts Asking Them to Stop Courting Mosquitoes

...ssion (NHRC) for breeding mosquitoes, the carrier of the dreaded dengue and chikungunya fevers. Health officials said that during their field visits they h... This year Delhi has reported one confirmed case of dengue and another of chikungunya almost a month earlier than their usual date with the national capital. Las...

Chikungunya-hit Villages to Get Funds to Fight Mosquitoes

...hi, Health Minister A. Ramadoss Thursday said that all villages affected by chikungunya fever would get Rs.10,000 to prevent mosquito breeding and to spread awaren...es. There were 2001 confirmed cases in the entire year. 'Though the chikungunya situation was much more alarming last year, we are taking the increasing nu...

Chikungunya Spreads as Funds Remain Unspent

...lf the central government funds allocated to fight chikungunya last year remained unused - mostly in southern sta... worst-affected 16 states to help them contain the chikungunya fever. But a sum of over Rs. 74.9 million is yet t...rcent of the money allocated to states affected by chikungunya are lying unutilised with the states," a top healt...

Chikungunya Scare in Orissa: 4 Die

...istrict after four persons died due from suspected chikungunya in the past four days, a health official told Sund...es in the locality. The mosquito is the carrier of chikungunya and dengue. So from the symptoms of the disease the possible outbreak of chikungunya can't be ruled out," B Nageswar Rao, chief of the ...

Chikungunya Affects Kerala's Healthcare Status

...e blow in the past one year due to the outbreak of chikungunya viral fever in the state. Last year, more...ely in the country. In order to tackle the chikungunya outbreak, for the first time in recent history, th...In these hospitals, those affected with dengue and chikungunya have to be isolated because if the aedes mosquito ...

Kerala Government Sanctions Funds for Chikungunya-affected Districts

... The Kerala Government has sanctioned funds for districts affected by the crippling chikungunya fever in a bid to curtail the deadly virus . Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan said that ten million rupees have been granted to the affected ...

Chikungunya Make a Comeback in Kolkata

...outh Kolkata neighbourhood tested positive for the chikungunya virus earlier this week.// However the patient cea...l Corporation (KMC) to take necessary action since chikungunya was reported in the state after a gap of 42 years....tor, public health, told reporters. No other chikungunya case has been reported so far here. Chikungu...

Mega Project to Revamp Karnataka’s Healthcar

...r all PHC professionals. They will be trained in primary health issues like chikungunya and malaria," she said adding that HIV-related health problems like sexuall...cus through this scheme as well. Karnataka had reported over 150,000 chikungunya cases last year. The health minister said the state government would...

India to Specialize Doctors to Treat Infectious Diseases

... With the outbreak of infectious diseases like dengue and chikungunya claiming many lives and affecting thousands across the country in 2006,// the government is planning to train doctors to specialize in such diseases. ...

First Open-heart Surgery Performed in Agra

... Apollo Pankaj hospital has many achievements to its credit. Last year the hospital was in news for successfully treating a large number of dengue and chikungunya cases in record time. Earlier patients had to go to Delhi for such operations, but such new facilities will benefit local people, due to the low...

Sri Lanka Gold Hope Shadowed by Jayasinghe's Illness

...ful that Jayasinghe will make a speedy recovery and will be with the team by Friday,when the Games start. Jayasinghe is suffering from viral flu chikungunya and will be out for at least a week, according to a Sri Lankan official. Even if Jayasinghe recovered within a week, she will not have adequate...
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