Chikungunya fever struck the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in July 2006. The authors did a prospective observational feasibility study in one peri-urban locality (Brookshabad) to assess the Aedes spp. infestation and subsequently test the efficacy of a community-based approach to control Aedes aegypti.

At least 65 fresh cases of suspected chikungunya were reported from DJ Halli on Thursday, the sixth day of its outbreak.

Around 450 patients were attended to at the hospitals in the area, with many old patients revisiting to get their dose of Paracetamol. The hospitals have, however, stopped providing injections to avoid further pain to the patient and are prescribing only tablets.

Chikungunya outbreak in DJ Halli is getting worse. Of the 450 suspected chikungunya cases treated at the DJ Halli hospital since Saturday, 165 cases were reported on Wednesday alone. Many of these cases are reported to have been confirmed.

Shastry V. Mallady

Following unusual rain in the State

Health authorities in districts asked to conduct intensive surveillance

People asked to avoid

The District Health and Family Welfare Department has assured that the possibility of recurrence of Chikungunya this year is nil, and hence, the public need not worry.

BHUBANESWAR: Outbreak of emerging diseases has not only posed a potent challenge to health care delivery systems in the State but also reinforced the poverty-ill health nexus in the society by imposing

Where did the chikungunya viruses that swept through islands in the Indian Ocean and then rampaged through India originate?

N. Gopal Raj

In early 2005, large numbers of people on the islands of Comoros, Mayotte, Seychelles, Reunion and Mauritius came down with chikungunya. Later that year, the disease, which is spread by mosquitoes, began to be reported from India as well.

conservation Fishing casualties Fishing has dwindled the numbers of the pantropical spotted dolphin, a Pacific Ocean inhabitant, at a worrying rate. Initially the cause was traced to

Fever of unknown origin broke out in several districts of West Bengal, from August 2007 to December 2007. The cases were suffering from high fever, severe joint pain lasting for several weeks after clinical cure and appearance of skin rashes. Patients' sera were collected at least five days after fever and were analyzed to detect specific IgM antibodies.

The Public Health Department of the Colombo Municipal Council, which inspected 3,100 premises on Wednesday, found mosquito breeding grounds in 409 of them. 180 were given notice under the mosquito borne diseases ordinance.