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Monday, January 9, 2012

India : Dengue-Chikungunya difficult to diagnosis

Via Deccan Chronicle, excerpt :

" Cases of dengue-chikungunya co-infection are on the rise, causing concern to health planners and doctors. About three per cent of dengue-chikungunya cases fall under the co-infection category, with the patient suffering from both the diseases at the same time.

Incidentally, the same Aedes aegypti mosquito transmits both the dengue and the chikunguniya virus; chances of co-infection are higher if the mosquito carries the viruses of both the diseases. A detailed analysis of dengue and chikungunya cases by the department of microbiology, Sri Venkate-swara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, has revealed that the problem of co-infection is more pronounced in areas where both viruses co-circulate."

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