The health officers of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday confirmed eight patients in public and private hospitals across the city were suffering from chikungunya. The authorities had previously refuted the HT report, saying there were no cases of chikungunya.
The symptoms in patients are acute fever, lasting for 2-5 days, which goes up to 10 days. Health officers said all patients are being given Acetaminophen and Paracetamol to reduce fever and pain. The cases are reported across age groups.
“The morbidity of the virus-borne disease is 30% to 70% and the mortality is negligible. Fever, headache, myalgia, rash are the most common symptoms. People should visit a doctor if they develop a rash with fever,” health officials said in the report.
Meanwhile, the cases of dengue have touched 102 and leptospirosis 18. Various hospitals across the city are treating 1,813 probable cases of dengue and 96 cases of leptospirosis. The number of patients suffering from malaria touched 238, with gastroenteritis and hepatitis claiming 200 and 35 cases respectively.