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2008-06-27 00:02:36

BANGALORE: It's official: A chikungunya outbreak has hit the city. Of 21 samples sent to the Public Health Institute, seven - all from Srirampura and surrounding areas - tested positive for chikungunya, confirmed Dr H M Vinutha, joint director, PHI. Dr Gangalakshmi, medical superintendent at BBMP Referral Hospital, Srirampura, said 17 new cases of chikungunya were treated on Tuesday. The disease was first reported at the hospital, where 86 cases were treated on Sunday. Seventeen patients...

2008-02-20 09:45:00

Researchers have developed the first animal model of the infection caused by chikungunya virus (CHIKV), an emerging arbovirus associated with large-scale epidemics that hit the Indian Ocean (especially the French Island of La R©union) in 2005, later spreading to India, and Italy in 2007. Using this mouse model, scientists of the Institut Pasteur and INSERM determined which tissues and cells are infected by the virus in both the mild and severe forms of the disease it causes. They detail...

2006-08-24 10:35:00

AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - Hundreds of people with high fever and severe body aches have been admitted to hospitals in the West Indian state Gujarat, officials said on Thursday. They said the illness was likely to be Chikungunya, a rare form of viral fever spread by mosquitoes. Gujarat was hit by heavy rains and floods this month, and health officials had warned of disease outbreaks. More than 900 people were being treated for the fever in the state's main city Ahmedabad, while in Surat --...

2006-03-08 04:40:00

By Nita Bhalla PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - The media is over-reacting to a crippling mosquito-borne disease currently sweeping across the Indian Ocean region, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, adding that the disease is rarely fatal. "Chikungunya" fever, a painful disease for which there is no cure or vaccine, has infected more than 180,000 people, mostly in Reunion but also in Mauritius, Seychelles, Mayotte and Madagascar, all located off the southeast coast of Africa. "I think it is...

2006-03-07 04:58:59

Please read in 2nd paragraph ... infected more than 180,000 people ... instead of ... infected more than 150,000 people A corrected version follows: NAIROBI (Reuters) - Madagascar has confirmed its first case of a crippling, mosquito-born disease that has infected more than 180,000 people across the Indian Ocean region, the World Health Organization said on Monday. "Chikungunya" fever, for which there is no known cure or vaccine, has infected more than 180,000 people across...

2006-03-06 04:44:05

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Madagascar has confirmed its first case of a crippling, mosquito-born disease that has infected more than 180,000 people across the Indian Ocean region, the World Health Organization said on Monday. "Chikungunya" fever, for which there is no known cure or vaccine, has infected more than 150,000 people across Mauritius, Seychelles and Reunion, hurting productivity and threatening vital tourist visits. Though not deadly, the fever is very painful and often causes...

2006-03-02 05:47:53

By Nita Bhalla PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) sought to reassure tourists it was safe to travel to the Indian Ocean region, despite a crippling mosquito-borne virus that has infected some 150,000 people. The "Chikungunya" fever, for which there is no cure or vaccine, has been spreading through Reunion, Mauritius and Seychelles since January. Mauritius has so far had 1,298 confirmed cases and 4,706 suspected cases and authorities are awaiting test results...

2006-02-28 14:45:00

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government will study a plan for killing mosquitoes in case a crippling disease that has hit La Reunion island spreads to mainland France, Health Minister Xavier Bertrand said on Tuesday. Chikungunya fever has infected a fifth of La Reunion's population and Bertrand said on Monday that several dozen people returning to the mainland from the Indian Ocean region had the disease, which can be transmitted only by mosquitoes. Bertrand told parliament a research center...

2006-02-28 04:23:16

By Nita Bhalla PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam has called on the population to help fight a crippling mosquito-borne virus which has swept across several countries in the Indian Ocean region. "Chikungunya" fever, for which there is no known cure or vaccine, has been spreading through islands off the southeast coast of Africa since January, infecting more than 150,000 people in Reunion, Seychelles and Mauritius. Mauritius has 1,174 confirmed...

2006-02-27 08:07:12

By Nita Bhalla PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - The number of people in Mauritius infected with a mosquito-borne disease which is ravaging through the Indian Ocean region has risen to 962 from 341 the previous week, the government said. "Chikungunya" fever, for which there is no known cure or vaccine, has been spreading through islands off the southeast coast of Africa since January, affecting more than 150,000 people in Reunion, Seychelles and Mauritius. "Cabinet has taken note that 962...


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