Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: With the onset of monsoon, viral fever with varying symptoms like body ache, runny nose, chest congestion and high temperature is fast spreading in the district.

Various government healthcare centres, including primary health centres (PHC), in the district are flooded with fever cases. According to District Medical Officer A.R. Ayshabai, fever cases have almost doubled in the recent past. The Health Department has opened separate wards for fever patients at all major hospitals in the district.

She said a 57-year-old woman from Elanthoor near here, Bharathi Amma who died at Kottayam Medical College Hospital on Monday too was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Kozhencherry for viral fever, earlier.

Cholera in Alappuzha

The DMO said a number of diarrhoea cases had also been reported from government hospitals in the district. Nearly 15 per cent of fever patients complained of diarrhoea too, she said, adding that the department was taking preventive measures to check spreading of fever and diarrhoea. There was no shortage of doctors, paramedical staff or medicines, she added. Cholera cases reported from neighbouring Alappuzha district have caused some concern here.

As many as 750 viral cases were reported from various government healthcare centres in the district, the DMO said. Doctors said that no fever case with symptoms of chikungunya, dengue fever or leptospirosis was reported from the district.

No chikungunya case

Sunil Mathew, civil surgeon, who has done a survey on chikungunya outbreak in the district two years ago said the chances of those who were infected with chikungunya virus once getting infected again was almost zero per cent.