Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne viral disease, is spreading fast in the capital and different parts of the country, sources said.
Around 200 patients infected with Chikungunya are now admitted to different public and private hospitals across the country.
Besides, Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital and Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital receive around hundred patients every day with Chikungunya infection.
However, the number of patients was around 65 at the three medical college hospitals in the capital a couple of weeks ago, they said.
Sherazul Islam lives in the city’s Green Road area. His entire family, including two sons, had high fever with joint and muscle pain last week.He (Sherazul Islam) went to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital and consulted with a physician.
The doctor said his entire family has been infected with Chikungunya. All of them now lie on the bed.
Like Sherazul’s family, many people have been suffering from Chikungunya as the mosquito-borne viral disease is spreading fast.
In the capital, 23 areas are risky for Chikungunya. The areas are Dhanmondi 32, Dhanmondi 9/A, Sector 4 and Sector 9 of Uttara, Madhya Badda, Gulshan 1, Lalmatia, Pallabi, Moghbazar, Malibagh Chowdhury Para, Rampura, Tejgaon, Banani, Noyatola, Kuril, Pirerbag, Rayerbazar, Shyamali, Monipuripara, Mohammadpur, Mohakhali, Mirpur-1 and Korail slum.
Prof Dr Shahed Ahmed told the daily sun that the capital is witnessing a second outbreak of mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus after a gap of three months, raising a new public health concern.
He advised all not to panic over the return of the disease as there is no mortality from the disease.
“Symptoms of Chikungunya appear between 4 and 7 days after a patient has been bitten by the infected mosquito. Chikungunya is characterised by an abrupt onset of high fever [40°C/ 104°F] frequently accompanied by joint pain,” Dr Abdullah said.
Other common signs and symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. The joint pain is often very debilitating, but usually lasts for a few days or may be prolonged to one and a half months, he explained.
A physician of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University told the daily sun that most commonly the mosquitoes involved in spreading the disease are Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, two species which can also transmit other mosquito-borne viruses, including dengue.
“There is no specific antiviral drug treatment for Chikungunya. If fever is high, paracetamol can be taken as per the advice of the physicians and at the same time more and more fluid should be taken for recovery from Chikungunya and physical weakness,” he explained.
Health and family welfare minister Mohammed Nasim on Thursday said there is nothing to be worried.
“We have called upon the two city corporations to undertake a crash programme in order to spray medicine to kill the mosquitoes,” he added.