Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne virus that causes sudden onset of fever and severe joint pain.
It is passed to humans by two species of mosquitoes of the genus Aedes, A. albopictus and A. aegypti.
Symptoms usually appear 2-7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
Currently, no vaccine or antiviral treatment exists but supportive care is recommended. The disease is very rarely fatal.
Dengue and chikungunya cases on the rise
According to reports, the national capital has reported 1,158 dengue cases and 1,057 cases of chikungunya so far this year. Last year, Delhi registered 64 cases of chikungunya. Cases of dengue have risen over 50%, with 387 cases reported this month.
Delhi unprepared for the outbreak
Delhi has less than 3 beds per 1,000 people, far less than 5 per 1,000 recommended by WHO.
MCD has launched 10,508 prosecutions and issued 1.05 lakh legal notices, against government offices, schools and hospitals for allowing mosquito breeding on premises.
Offices of MTNL, Northern Railways, Delhi Jal Board, Delhi Development Authority, Bara Hindu Rao Hospital, Zakir Hussain College among others were fined.
Private hospitals ripping-off patients
The AAP government declared a cap of Rs.600 on IgM serology test on 30 August, but is yet to declare a price-cap on the real time PCR test.
Private hospitals are taking advantage of the delay by charging as high as Rs.4,000 for each test, creating confusion among patients.
CM Arvind Kejriwal, is currently in Punjab while health minister Satyender Jain is in Goa.
13 Sep 2016
Delhi reports its first Chikungunya fatality
A 65-year-old man, R. Pandey, succumbed to chikungunya on Monday at Sir Ganga Ram hospital in west Delhi.
The dengue-chikungunya outbreak has reached an alarming scale, as Delhi-NCR reported 1,057 cases of chikungunya over the last week and the first fatality on Monday.