CUTTACK: Mosquito menace in the millennium city refuses to go, the harsh summer this year notwithstanding. The density of mosquitoes has been unusually high across the city despite the fact that the hot and dry conditions cause a substantial depletion in their population.

Peculiar symptoms are being noticed in people living in Machenahalli of Ambale village. Without proper information on the ailment which causes such symptoms, people are suspecting that they must be suffering from chikungunya.

Chikungunya fever, caused by infection with mosquito borne alphavirus is an acute nonfatal illness characterized by fever, rash, myalgia, arthralgia and sometimes inflammatory arthritis. During 2007, central

In October, when dengue mosquitoes begin breeding, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will be ready with its squad to tackle the menace. The civic body is setting up eight new control rooms that will stock pesticides for prompt action. The council is also training its health officers in using pesticides to check the incidence of mosquito-related diseases during the Commonwealth Games.

Rajahmundry, March 23: Health authorities are carrying out an entomological survey to find out the density of larvae and vector in stagnant waters in rural, urban and Agency areas to help authorities initiate preventive measures and ensure that people do not fall victim to vector- borne diseases like malaria, filaria, dengue, chikungunya and Japanese encephalitis in the Godavari districts.

NEW DELHI: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has set up 22 surveillance posts to combat the spread of dengue, chikungunya and malaria ahead of the Commonwealth Games in the Capital.

Two epidemics of chikungunya fever are reported from Kerala in 2006 and 2007. We aimed to investigate the environmental factors of households affected by chikungunya fever and to estimate the proportion of population that suffered from the disease during the epidemic in 2007.

Director of Public Health S. Elango on Monday said clarifications were needed on the bio-safety of Genetically Modified (GM) mosquitoes being developed by researchers globally to combat vector-borne diseases such as malaria, chikungunya and dengue.

He said here that public health administrators and governments could not take any chances with GM technology unless safety was assured.

Nalini Ravichandran | ENS

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A year-long campaign, Four Plus, for the prevention and early detection of malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya and rat fever, has been initiated by the State Health Department. The campaign, a coordinated effort of various departments, will be an intensive drive against the spread of these four diseases.