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Chikungunya outbreak: Do not allow breeding of mosquitoes, says WHO
The outbreak of chikungunya has created scare in many cities and towns of India. In Delhi, few people have died also of the disease and hospitals are full of patients undergoing treatment.

In Jaipur, people have become alert with a few cases getting reported in the local hospitals.

About five years ago, I too had got inflicted by the disease but was advised rest, protection from mosquitoes, wearing long sleeve kurta, keeping room clean, use of mosquito repellants, the occasional use of pain relievers, wet fomentation when fever tends to be high, assisted walking, and chloroquin phosphate after light meals.

It is said that prevention, rest, care, precautions and mitigating the symptoms are helpful in chikungunya cases. The local wisdom informs that haldi-doodh is helpful. Also, lime-honey, neem, tulsi-tea, etc, can also be helpful.

According to the WHO, the proximity of mosquito vector breeding sites to human habitation is a significant risk factor for chikungunya as well as for other diseases that these species transmit.

"Prevention and control relies heavily on reducing the number of natural and artificial water-filled container habitats that support breeding of the mosquitoes. This requires mobilisation of affected communities. During outbreaks, insecticides may be sprayed to kill flying mosquitoes, applied to surfaces in and around containers where the mosquitoes land, and used to treat water in containers to kill the immature larvae," the WHO suggested.

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