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Kerala govt seeks army help to contain Chikungunya

The Kerala Government today sought the help of the armed forces to contain the spread of viral fever, Chikungunya, in the state.

Trivandrum, June 9 : The Kerala Government today sought the help of the armed forces to contain the spread of viral fever, Chikungunya, in the state.

With already 23 deaths reported and more than 10,000 patients admitted to various hospitals across the state, mostly from Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts, the State Government sought the help of medical teams from the armed forces to tide over the situation.

Defence spokesman Prakash Madhum told ANI that two medical teams from the army's medical corps would help civil health facilities in Pathanamthitta District.

Two medical teams from Kochi Naval Command are being sent to Kottayam and Idukki districts, he added. adhum further said that more teams of specialists have been requisitioned from Mumbai, Secunderabad and Chennai, while a team of virologists from Armed Forces Medical College, Pune would also assist the state medical authorities to deal with the unprecedented situation.

Chikungunya virus is spread through mosquito-bite and causes a non-fatal self-limiting illness, marked by high fever, headache, severe joint pain, rashes and nausea.

The disease broke out after the southwest monsoon hit Kerala coast early this month.

The disease has spread near rubber plantations where farmers use plastic cups and coconut shells to collect rubber milk and leave it open, making it a breeding ground for the mosquitoes.

A team of experts from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Delhi has already visited the state to study the situation.

Like dengue, another mosquito-borne disease, there is no vaccine for Chikungunya, and at best, symptoms can be countered through painkillers, intake of fluids and lot of rest.

ANI

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