Eight confirmed chikungunya cases have been reported in Mumbai, said Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Thursday. The cases are from Dadar (west) and one from Govandi area. The executive health officer of BMC said there have been 20 probable cases of Chikungunya and all these cases have been reported in the public sector. Like dengue, chikungunya too is spread by Aedes Aegypti mosquito.
“The clinical features of chikungunya infection are fever, headache, rashes, pain in joint and muscles. The most significant symptoms are joint pain. In some cases, the rashes may be seen on 2nd and 5th day of onset,” said Dr Padmaja Keskar, the executive health officer.
While there is no vaccination available, Keskar said that preventing mosquito breeding sites and avoiding mosquito bites are the only way to control the infection.
In October, till date, BMC said that there have been 1813 probable dengue cases. Keskar said that corporation’s insecticide department is taking appropriate steps in areas from where chikungunya cases have been reported. “Nearly 19 premises were inspected where fogging was conducted. We have found breeding sites at only one place,” said Keskar.