15 people affected by symptoms of leptospirosis, chikungunya

All necessary measures have been taken to control the spread of leptospirosis, chikungunya and dengue in Karambakudi area and there was no need for any panic over the spread of “mysterious fever” in the area, Collector B.Maheswari has said.

In a statement issued here in the wake of reports of outbreak of dengue and chikungunya in the area, Ms.Maheswari said blood samples were collected from six persons affected by fever in the area.

Of this, six were found to be suffering from symptoms of leptospirosis, six from chikungunya and three were exhibiting symptoms of both chikungunya and leptospirosis. None have been affected by dengue fever.

Only rapid tests, which were not approved by the Health Department, were conducted on two of the three children who were reported to have died of dengue attack at a private hospital in Tiruchi.

The third child had died of infection, she said.

Meanwhile, a door-to-door surveillance has been launched by the Health Department. Eight special teams of health workers have been deployed to conduct door-to-door monitoring in the area besides ensuring chlorination of drinking water and anti-mosquito fogging operations.

The Primary Health Centre at Karambakudi was functioning round the clock and two medical officers would be on duty in the mornings.

One medical officer each would be on duty on afternoon and night shifts.

Technical personnel have also been deputed to carry out blood and serum tests from affected persons.

All overhead water tanks in the region were being cleaned and chlorinated.

Besides, motor pump sets were being used to drain out sewage stagnant on roadsides.

An awareness campaign on health and sanitation tips for the public is also being carried out, Ms.Maheswari said.