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Sindh Health Department finalizes strategy to counter Chikungunya

KARACHI (Dunya News) - Sindh Health Department has finalized a strategy to counter outbreak of Chikungunya in the metropolis.

Secretary Health Sindh on Friday summoned all authorities concerned to devise strategy on Chikungunya outbreak. Secretary health directed them to initiate spray campaign at earliest in order to eliminate mosquito ‘Aedes aegypti’ carrying virus of Chikungunya.

Secretary health also instructed hospitals to ensure continuous provision of medical facilities to affectees.

Meanwhile, 50 more suspected chikungunya fever cases were reported on Friday.

Doctors said that suspected chikungunya fever patients are coming on daily basis but the number has descended notably.

WHAT IS CHIKUNGUNYA


Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne viral disease first described during an outbreak in southern Tanzania in 1952. It is an RNA virus that belongs to the alphavirus genus of the family Togaviridae. The name “chikungunya” derives from a word in the Kimakonde language, meaning “to become contorted”, and describes the stooped appearance of sufferers with joint pain (arthralgia).

Chikungunya is characterized by an abrupt onset of fever frequently accompanied by joint pain. Other common signs and symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. The joint pain is often very debilitating, but usually lasts for a few days or may be prolonged to weeks. Hence the virus can cause acute, subacute or chronic disease.

Most patients recover fully, but in some cases joint pain may persist for several months, or even years. Occasional cases of eye, neurological and heart complications have been reported, as well as gastrointestinal complaints. Serious complications are not common, but in older people, the disease can contribute to the cause of death. Often symptoms in infected individuals are mild and the infection may go unrecognized, or be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue occurs.
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