Out of the 782 confirmed chikungunya cases in Punjab, as many as 214 are from Jalandhar, making it the worst hit district in the state.
It is followed by Ludhiana, which has 133 cases and Patiala, which has 108 cases. Bathinda has recorded 102 cases while Mohali has 97 cases so far.
It is for the first time in decades, that Jalandhar has recorded so many chikungunya cases.
In Doaba region, besides Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur has 55 positive cases while Kapurthala has one and SBS Nagar has four.
Apart from this, Amritsar has recorded seven cases, Barnala has two, Fatehgarh Sahib has three, Faridkot has one, Ferozepur has 22, Ropar has 27, Gurdaspur has 11 and Sangrur has recorded six cases.
Experts say that chikungunya is rarely a fatal disease but it can cause severe joint pains. They say that there is no specific vaccine for the disease and rest is needed with medicines.
Civil surgeon Dr Rajiv Bhalla said that both dengue and chikungunya are caused by the same mosquito and in other districts, dengue is on the rise but in Jalandhar, the cases have decreased. He said that people should not get frightened when they get a confirmation of chikungunya. He said that one should not go to quacks or any other unprofessional doctors and should also not take any medicine without consulting a medical professional.
The civil surgeon said that government there is a provision of a free ELISA blood test to check chikungunya in civil hospital.