Chikungunya cases continue to rise in Karachi

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KARACHI: As many as 65 Chikungunya suspected cases have been detected in Karachi from June 07, 2017 to date, taking the patients toll to 3,124 in the city since 1st January 2017.

According to the report released by Health Department Sindh, at least 65 more Chikungunya suspected cases have surfaced in the city from June 07 to June 12, 2017 out of which 32 were reported from Malir, 30 from District West, three from District Central, respectively. A total of 298 cases were tested positive out of 246 blood samples sent to National Institute of Health, Islamabad for investigation.

Focal Person, Prevention and Control Chikungunya, Dr Masood Ahmed Solangi, while talking to, claimed that number of Chikungunya cases had reduced in Karachi after temperature rise and the efforts made by Sindh health department. He said doctors had been diagnosing Chikungunya patients under the guidelines of World Health Organization (WHO) and a plan to purchase rapid diagnostic kits had been dropped.

He said Chikungunya is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes and its major symptoms include high fever, joint pain, joint swelling, rash, headache, muscle pain, nausea and fatigue. He said Chikungunya is rarely fatal, while the death rate of the disease-affected people is less than one per cent.

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