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Japan Fever strikes with more aggression - Kavalam Sasikumar - The Sunday Indian
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Japan Fever strikes with more aggression


KAVALAM SASIKUMAR | Kochi, June 16, 2011 15:32
Tags : Japan Fever strikes with more aggression | Center for Research in Medical Entomology | Madurai |

Japanese Encephalitis, known as Japan fever, hits again at various places of Alappuzha district of Kerala, aggressively this year. The district which is infamous for monsoon deceases was this year affected by Japan fever and Chikungunia at same time.

“Medical officers and health workers are in a fix over the menace. It will make very complication for treatment in such cases,” Dr. Venugopal of Alappuzha Medical College told The Sunday Indian.

The latest study conducted by the Center for Research in Medical Entomology, Madurai, which is under the Indian Council for Medical Research, handed over the report to the Central health ministry warning against the alarming situation. As per this report, the ministry directed the state administration to do the needful urgently.

Venugopal said Medical College is ready for treating any patient having such symptoms of deceases. “But the real problem is that it will take time to confirm the decease on urgent basis. There are no adequate facilities to test the blood sample elsewhere, except Medical College,” he said.

Discomfortded by the panic about the disease, people are queuing up in front of government hospitals and Medical College here. The symptoms of the disease are of common cold and headache. “The Japan fever   is caused by falvi virus spread by culex mosquitoes. The virus infects brain,” experts say. The new symptoms and analysis shows that this time Japan fever affects not only elders, but children too.

And Chikunguniya is spread by Aedes Egypti mosquitoes. First symptoms of the disease are pain in joints, sudden fever, skin eruptions, redness of eyes and permanent disability to move may be the final fate.
Japan fever claimed more than 100 lives during past two years and Chikungunia affected around 10,000 during the past three years. But still medical world is in dark to find a remedy for these deceases. Last year, millions of people were affected with common cold in the state and the situations were out of control for a few months.

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017