Five patients tests positive for Chikungunya and Dengue

Berhampur: Outbreak of Chikungunya and Dengue was confirmed in the cyclone-ravaged Ganjam district as at least five of the ten blood samples tested positive to the mosquito-borne disease, official sources said on Sunday.
"We had sent ten samples from the district to diagnose the disease when they were tested negative to malaria. Of them four have been found to have chikungunya and one positive to dengue," said district malaria officer U K Mishra.
The blood samples were of the people of Mallikeswara village in Khallikote block of Ganjam district.
At least 15 persons in the village were suffering from an unknown disease during the last week and health officials assumed that the disease could be chikungunya or dengue.
Describing the situation in the affected villages as under control, he said preventive measures had been taken to combat the spread of the disease.
"We have found the larva of mosquitoes in a dozen places in the village during our drive to locate the breeding spot and destroyed the breeding grounds," Mishra said.
The health officials were also creating awareness on the cause of the outbreak of the disease.
The main reason behind spread of chikungunya, malaria, dengue and Japanese Encephalitis was water stagnation in which larva originates and spreads infection, said a medical officer of the social medicine department, MKCG Medical College and Hospital here.