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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

India : Chikungunya cases on the rise

Via Times of India :

" NEW DELHI: Even as the city is trying to fight the dengue menace, another mosquito-borne disease — chikungunya — is giving Delhiites a harrowing time. So far, Delhi has reported 33 cases of chikungunya. According to health officials, the number of chikungunya cases is under-reported. South Delhi colonies like Defence Colony and Greater Kailash have reported a high number of such cases.

"My daughter is bedridden for more than a week now. She is suffering from pain in the joints due to chikungunya . I was diagnosed positive for the disease about 15 days ago. Till now I am suffering from pain in the joints and my energy level is low," said 56-year-old Neelam Dhawan, a resident of C-Block, Defence Colony.

Several other residents in the area complained of similar problems. Said Sahil Malhotra, "There is an open drain in the colony and it has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Hence, dengue and chikungunya are on the rise."

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