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Chikungunya fever has infected as many as 45 percent of people in some areas of India in the country’s worst epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus in decades, the World Health Organization said.More than 1.25 million suspected cases have been reported since February, the WHO said in a statement yesterday. The disease, which is rarely life-threatening and causes severe joint pain and high fever, has spread to 151 districts in eight Indian states, and to some islands in the Indian Ocean.

“In some areas, reported attack rates have reached 45 percent,” the United Nations agency said in the statement, posted on its Web site. “After an interval of more than 20 years,” chikungunya fever has been reported in India, Comoros, Mauritius, Reunion and Seychelles, it said.

The infection is complicating the diagnosis of dengue fever. An outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease, which causes similar symptoms, killed more than 50 people, India’s health ministry said last week. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s grandsons Madhav and Rohan and son-in-law Vijay Tankha are among thousands of Indians who were checked for possible dengue fever.

Winter season (Oct to March) is considered as a peak period to visit India, but this year India may not witness a great number of tourists. The reason behind this is that almost the entire country is drastically clutched in the jaws of dengue and chikungunya. The worst affected states include Kerala, Gujarat, Karnataka and Delhi. By now 7.6 lakh cases of Chikungunya have been reported in Karnataka and over 43,000 in Kerala, with 90 deaths reported in Kerala and seven in Ahmedabad.
Commonwealth games are knocking at the door and we are projecting Delhi as a world’s modern city but epidemic of these diseases tells another story. Union government seems almost paralyzed to curb this menace. Mr. Ramadoss (Union Health Minister) will have to find out some long lasting solutions, otherwise it will not only tell upon the health of tourism but will also mar the Indian economy.

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