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34 plantation workers down with suspected Chikungunya

Contributed by Anonymous on Friday, June 27 @ 23:38:07 CDT

Plantation Workers
The Star, June 28, 2008
By NELSON BENJAMINSEGAMAT: Thirty-four plantation workers from a rubber estate here are suspected to be down with Chikungunya fever. While many received outpatient treatment for the mosquitoe-transmitted fever, at least 14 have been warded at the Segamat Hospital since the outbreak was detected about 12 days ago in Bukit Datuk Estate. Many of the workers have been suffering from fever, rashes and joint pains.


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.
However, 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.

 
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