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Chikungunya in Betul confirmed

india Updated: Jul 07, 2006 15:29 IST
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REPORTS OF 36 blood samples out of the 70 collected from chikungunya-affected areas of Betul have been received from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), New Delhi, and only four of them have tested positive for the viral fever.

State Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi informed today that teams from Gandhi Medical College (GMC) Bhopal and Jabalpur Medical College had collected samples from Betul and they were sent to NICD. Of these, 32 samples have reported negative for chikungunya while results of the remaining 34 are still awaited.

Meanwhile, a two-member team from NICD today visited areas of Betul from where chikungunya cases had been reported in recent days. Dr Gill and Dr Singh from NICD, accompanied by State Public Health and Family Welfare Department Director Dr Yogiraj Sharma visited Betul and reviewed the situation there.

The team would also gather more information about the disease’s spread in those areas and also look into the preventive measures undertaken by the State Government to bring the disease under control.

Meanwhile, another team of eight doctors from Narsinghpur and Seoni districts, led by State Medical Services Director Dr M K Joshi, is touring areas of Chhindwara districts simultaneously.

The Health Minister assured further spread of chikungunya had been completely halted through timely and effective steps taken by the State Government. He stated there was adequate supply of medicines in the affected areas even as doctors and paramedical staff had also been put on alert.

The CMHOs of all other districts of the State had also been alerted and they were taking all possible steps to prevent any outbreak.

Vishnoi maintained that the fact that no fresh cases had been reported anywhere proved that the State Government’s preventive measures had been effective.


NICD report
Reports on 36 blood samples from chikungunya-affected areas of Betul have been received from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), New Delhi. Four of them have tested positive for the viral fever. Results of 34 samples are still awaited.

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