Incidents of Chikonguniya fever do not decrease due to excessive mosquitoes
Ashiq Mahmud 3:22 pm, May 17, 2017
Mosquito oppression has increased in the country including the capital. The incidents of Chikonguniya fever have suddenly increased due to these excessive mosquitoes. Numerous patients are coming to Dhaka to take treatment of this fever in different hospitals of the city including outdoor of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
Expert doctors say that recently a virus disease called Chikonguniya has spread through bites of mosquitoes. Edis mosquito that carries the Dengue virus also carries the Chikonguniya virus.
Being asked why the incidence of Chikonguniya fever is not decreasing, Professor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Dr Md Abul Kalam Azad told poriborton.com, “Mosquito oppression has increased in the country including the capital due to rain after one or two days. The incidence of chikungunya fever is not decreasing due to excessive mosquitoes.
He also said, “The main symptoms of the fever are sudden acute fever that can range from 103 to 104 degrees. At this time, there are pain in the bone joints, fingers or toes. There may be pain in the large bone-joints. Even if the fever declines, there may be pain. There may be headache and vomiting tendency. The body becomes very weak. If the fever is cured, physical weakness may have persisted for a few days.”
Professor Abul Kalam Azad, being asked about what to do in case of Chikonguniya fever, said, “There is no specific treatment of Chikonguniya like other viral fevers. You have to drink plenty of water, juices, saline and coconut water. You can take paracetamol for fever. Some medicines may be prescribed according to vomiting or other symptoms. Antibiotics do not work. In special cases, painkillers may be taken according to the doctor's advice. There is no vaccine of Chikunguniya yet.
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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