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Alert in Bengal district for Chikungunya

india Updated: Oct 27, 2008 13:41 IST
Alert in Bengal district for Chikungunya

An alert has been sounded in three blocks of Hooghly district in West Bengal where virus of the dreaded Chikunguya disease has been detected in the blood of 11 persons.

The Hooghly district health administration souned the alert following an emergency meeting on October 23 after blood samples of 11 persons tested positive for the disease.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health, Bhusan Chakraborty, on Monday said that blood samples of 100 persons from the three blocks - Khanakul, Singur and Chanditola - had been sent for examination after they displayed symptoms of the disease accompanied by high fever.

Describing the situation as 'under control', Chakraborty said that medical teams had been sent to the affected villages. All block medical health officials have been asked to keep a close watch.