Chikonguniya fever increases in capital
Ashiq Mahmud 4:30 pm, May 15, 2017
The incidence of fever has increased in the country including the capital. About 20-25 patients are coming to the outdoor of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) with this fever every day.
In this regard, residential doctor of DMCH and medicine specialist Dr Mohammad Shaikh Abdullah said, “Now many people are suffering from this fever. It is a kind of virus fever. Its name is Chikonguniya. The symptoms of Chikonguniya are similar to Dengue fever. This fever starts with mosquito bites. If Chikonguniya is attacked, there will be a lot of pain in the bones and the joints. The body will become very weak.
He also said, “If there is an attack, there will be headache. In one word the symptoms of Dengue and Chikonguniya are the same. The only difference is that the Dengue reduces blood work efficiency. And the patient's risk increases a lot. The risk of Chikonguniya is very less. Even if the fever is cleared within three days, the body will be weak and painful for seven to ten days.”
“There is no diagnostic test yet of this Chikonguniya fever. We are initially testing Dengue. If Dengue fever is not detected, we are assuming Chikonguniya,” added Dr Shaikh.
He said, “We are usually giving napa or paracetamol to such patients. There is no need to eat antibiotics. The patients have to drink plenty of water. And with it, they have to drink coconut water, lemon juice and saline. And they have to stay in rest.”
Meanwhile, Professor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Dr Md Abdul Jalil Chowdhury told poriborton.com, “There is no reason to fear in such seasonal fever and cold. It is very normal. Being afraid, there is no need to eat just antibiotics. If the fever lasts for more than three days, doctors should be consulted.”
He also said, “Excessive heat causes the water emptiness in the body. So you have to drink more water. It should be remembered that you are not attacked by diarrhea. Due to excessive heat, diarrhea is dangerous.”
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