This is the second major outbreak in the state over the past three months.
Not well: N. Krishnaveni from Segamat is one of the 34 people affected by Chikungunya.
In April, several villagers in Kampung Ulu Choh and Kampung Paya Mengkuang near Gelang Patah had contracted Chikungunya. On
the latest outbreak in Segamat, state Health department director Dr
Mohd Khairi Yakub said: “Fourteen were admitted, but as of now we have
two or three people still warded for observation. “We have also
taken at least 12 samples and have sent it for further tests to confirm
whether it was Chikungunya fever,” he said. He urged the public not to panic. “The situation is under control,'' he said, adding that the fever was not life threatening. Dr
Mohd Khairi said a medical team had been sent to the area to conduct
house-to-house checks to treat the sufferers after it came to light on
June 16 that several workers were showing symptoms of Chikungunya. Estate worker N. Krishnaveni, 35, said she had had severe body aches for about a week and was hospitalised for three days. “I went to the clinic two times but they only gave me pills.
Feeling better: Rubber tapper M.Tamilchelvi was hospitalised for four days and is now back at work.
two days later I had severe swelling in both my legs and face and I
couldn't go back to work,” she said, adding that she was then
hospitalised and given injections. “My husband was also suffering from aches and pains but he was not admitted.” She said that this was the first time there was such an outbreak in the 20 years she had been living there. Another estate worker M. Tamilchelvi, 34, said she was hospitalised for four days for severe joint pains and fever. “My daughter was also down,” she said. She also said that the estate management was cleaning up the area, as there were a lot of mosquitoes in the area. State
Women, Family, Community Development and Health Committee chairman Dr
Robia Kosai advised people to keep their living and work surroundings
clean. “Unlike dengue fever, Chikungunya is not fatal,'' she
said, advising anyone who was down with fever to seek medical treatment
immediately. The health department officials were fogging the area while the estate authorities had carried out a gotong royong
to clear the estate of potential mosquito breeding grounds.