Chikungunya fever seems to be the cause of 90 deaths registered in Kerala since July, said the central medical team camping in Alappuzha district. He, however, added that only autopsy reports that were expected soon would confirm whether chikungunya, a virulent African strain of a mosquito-borne disease, indeed was the cause of the deaths. Chikungunya is Swahili for that which bends, a reference to the bent posture of patients who suffer from severe joint pain as a result of the affliction. His remarks followed those of central Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss who had Friday firmly denied the deaths in the state were due to chikungunya. Joshi is leading a team of central health officials that has visited the worst affected district of Alappuzha. Since the vector density in Kerala is 30 percent higher, the need of the hour is to contain the outbreak of the epidemic.

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Kerala was the worst affected state during with a contribution of However, except for clinically reported case records, no systematic information is available on infection status of CHIKV in the region. Hence, we carried out a post-epidemic survey to estimate seroprevalence status [immunoglobulin G IgG ] in the community using commercially available indirect immunofluorescence test.

The study area selected was the worst affected mid-highlands region of Kerala which harbour vast area of rubber plantations. This may be due to high occupational risk of the male population engaged in plantation activities exposed to infective bites of Aedes albopictus. This site needs JavaScript to work properly. Please enable it to take advantage of the complete set of features! Clipboard, Search History, and several other advanced features are temporarily unavailable.

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Chikungunya Virus Outbreak in Kerala, India, 2007: A Seroprevalence Study

Background: The association of the present Chikungunya pandemic with a mutation in the Chik virus is already established in many parts of the world, including Kerala. Kerala was one of the worst-affected states of India in the Chikungunya epidemic of It is important to discuss the clinical features of patients affected by Chikungunya fever in the context of this change in the epidemiology of the disease. Aim: This study tries to analyze the clinical picture of the Chikungunya patients in Kerala during the epidemic of Setting and Design: A cross-sectional survey was carried out in five of the most affected districts in Kerala, India. Materials and Methods: A two-stage cluster sampling technique was used to collect the information.


'Chikungunya in Kerala after 30 years'

Chikungunya, an illness spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes, is characterized by severe pain in the joints as well as fever and rashes. Sreekumar, head of the molecular virology department at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology in Thiruvananthapuram, said that like earlier, the outbreak this time, too, is spreading from the hilly terrains of Kozhikode, thick with rubber plantations. And the severity of the illness is on the rise," he said. People are bedridden for weeks. Entomological studies show that rubber plantations are a major source for such illness, Sreekumar added. Other scientists and medical experts also said rubber plantations are a breeding ground for the vector population.

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