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Thursday, September 23, 2010

India : Now, chikungunya rears its head in Capital

Via Indian Express :

" Even as 86 new cases of dengue — the highest so far — were recorded in the Capital on Wednesday, taking the total number to 2,536, yet another disease is now giving Health Department officials a hard time. At least six people were diagnosed with the chikungunya virus, also spread by mosquitos, in Palam Village on Wednesday.

Prior to these, two more cases of the virus had been reported by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases in Delhi, taking the total number of cases to eight. “While chikungunya doesn’t cause death as in the case of dengue, it does cause a lot of bodyache and fever,” MCD health official Dr VK Monga said."

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