Staff Reporter

Expert team surveys 67 tribal households

Finds only seven fever cases, with common cold

Collects serum samples of 11 persons

PATHANAMTHITTA: A team of experts led by Thomas Mathew, Nodal Officer, State Disease Control and Monitoring Cell, visited the tribal colonies of Pambini and Panniyar in Chittar panchayat, to monitor preventive steps taken against chikungunya and other epidemics on Monday.

Dr. Mathew said that the team had conducted a detailed survey at all 67 tribal households in the locality and could find only seven fever cases, that too with common cold. He said all seven persons were treated for chikungunya a year ago.

Dr. Mathew said the team could not find any case with symptoms of chikungunya in the tribal households. However, the team had collected serum samples of seven patients, besides that of four others who too were reportedly bedridden with fever a week ago, he added.

Dr. Mathew said mosquito density was found high in many parts of Chittar panchayat from where viral fever with symptoms of chikungunya was first reported a year ago.

He said the government had already released Rs.10,000 for each ward in the grama panchayat for mosquito eradication programme. Active involvement of local self-government institutions was needed for mosquito source reduction, Dr. Mathew said.

The 12-member team included Sairu Philip, associate Professor of Community Medicine at Alappuzha Medical College, George Jacob, officer at Kerala unit of National Virology Institute at Alappuzha and scientist, Anand Singh, besides Laila, Deputy District Medical Officer.