Medical team sent to Chikungunya hotspot after 14 people fall ill


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  • Sunday, 23 Jun 2019

ALOR SETAR: A medical-cum-monitoring team from the Kedah Health Department has been sent to the suspected Chikungunya hotspot at Jalan Tengku Ibrahim here after 14 people fell ill.  

Its director Datuk Dr Norhizan Ismail said the team comprises 16 groups and will check on the patients and monitor the area in front of City Plaza within a 200m radius.  

"They will also seek out and destroy mosquito breeding sites, and conduct fogging activities under our Active Case Detection (ACD) standard operating procedure.  

"All parties especially the local community should carry out measures to eliminate such breeding sites to prevent the outbreak of Chikungunya, dengue and Zika," he said in a statement Sunday (Jun 23).  

Dr Norhizan added that 14 people, aged between 35 and 50, from the same area were diagnosed with suspected Chikungunya after they went to seek treatment at a private clinic for fever, joint pains and skin rashes since June 9.  

He warned that any premises found with mosquito larvae will be issued with a summons under the Destruction of Disease-Bearing Insects Act 1975.  

"Based on the symptoms, the patients are likely to have the Chikungunya disease, although we have not ruled out other illnesses.

"Samples have been sent to the National Public Health laboratory in Sungai Buluh for confirmation," he added. 

Chikungunya fever is a viral illness spread by the bites of infected mosquitoes.  

Meanwhile, fabric retailer Heng Peng Kee, 59, said 10 of his 11 workers have fallen sick, and on Saturday (June 22), seven of them failed to turn up for work.  

"I am also a victim as my whole body is painful and feverish. I never had such a pain before, I initially thought that I could have injured myself while exercising.  

"I'm feeling better now after seeking treatment from a clinic," he said when met at his shop on Sunday.  

His worker P. Vasanthi, 44, said she suffered from numbness and leg pain which made it difficult for her to stand after sitting down.  

"I had also fever coupled with muscles cramps and pain before seeking treatment at two clinics.  

"I was given an injection before I slowly recovered,” she said.

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