12 dengue pa­tients in city show signs of chikun­gunya THE IN­FEC­TION

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Twelve dengue pa­tients from the city are suf­fer­ing from an in­fec­tion from a virus mim­ick­ing chikun­gunya, a phe­nom­e­non which has killed at least 20 peo­ple in Delhi so far, said doc­tors.

The pa­tients have been kept un­der ob­ser­va­tion at the civi­crun Kas­turba Hos­pi­tal and their blood sam­ples will be sent to the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Virol­ogy (NIV), Pune, to iden­tify the strain mim­ick­ing the vec­tor­borne virus. The re­ports are ex­pected in four to five weeks.

The num­ber of chikun­gunya cases in the state has more than dou­bled be­tween Jan­uary and Septem­ber this year, said of­fi­cials, adding 207 cases were reported last year. Of the 637 cases recorded in Ma­ha­rash­tra this year, 500 were from Pune city and Pune ru­ral ar­eas.

Dr Om Sri­vas­tava, head of in­fec­tious diseases cell, Jaslok hos­pi­tal, who works closely with the state vec­tor con­trol cell, said pa­tients at Kas­turba Hos­pi­tal have tested neg­a­tive for the DNA Poly­merase Chain Re­ac­tion (PCR) test, used as a di­ag­nos­tic tool for chikun­gunya. “The pa­tients suf­fer­ing from dengue have joint pain and fever, which are symp­toms of chikun­gunya in­fec­tion. But as the tests are neg­a­tive, we sus­pect it is a dif­fer­ent strain of virus which is mim­ick­ing chikun­gunya,” said Sri­vas­tava. “We can­not say Mum­bai is un­der the twin at­tack of chikun­gunya and dengue, which in­creases the mor­tal­ity rate in pa­tients.”

The All In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, is treat­ing 112 peo­ple for chikun­gunya, 11 of whom have con­tracted dengue too. The num­ber of chikun­gunya cases reached 3,695 in the Cap­i­tal, data re­leased by mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions showed. They have recorded 1,692 cases of dengue so far.

“Aedes Ae­gypti mos­qui­toes spread both the viruses. The out­break of chikun­gunya is con­trolled as there are fewer cases of dengue,” said Dr Lalit Dar, a pro­fes­sor of mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy at AIIMS, Delhi.

The re­draw­ing of the elec­toral map of the city ahead of the civic polls in 2017 is likely to hit nearly 80% of the wards, up­set­ting cal­cu­la­tions of po­lit­i­cal par­ties and many sit­ting cor­po­ra­tors.

The Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) will an­nounce the reser­va­tions and the new wards formed af­ter de­lim­i­ta­tion on Mon­day. Ac­cord­ing to sources, while the num­ber of wards (227) will re­main the same, the ar­eas they cover might change. More­over, with the in­crease in sched­uled caste (SC) pop­u­la­tion, the num­ber of wards re­served for SC can­di­dates has risen to 15 from the cur­rent 11. The num­ber of wards in the open cat­e­gory will drop from the ex­ist­ing 77.

This means that 80% of the 227 cor­po­ra­tors may not re­tain their wards and con­se­quently the voter base, which they have nur­tured over the past five years. The changes will make se­lec­tion of can­di­dates tricky.

The 2011 cen­sus, pop­u­la­tion growth in the sub­urbs and drop in the is­land city have been taken into ac­count while re­draw­ing elec­toral wards. Each ward has an ap­prox­i­mate pop­u­la­tion of 54,000.

“The process has been go­ing on for the past two years. We have taken the enu­mer­a­tion data from the 2011 cen­sus and car­ried out GIS map­ping of elec­toral wards be­fore re­draw­ing the bound­aries,” said a civic of­fi­cials. Ac­cord­ing to sources, seven wards from the is­land city will be re­al­lo­cated in the sub­urbs, while three wards from the sub­urbs will be re­struc­tured.

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