Public Lecture and Discussion on Outbreak of Chikungunya and Dengue
The Centre for Earth Studies (CES) of the Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi invites all interested to a Public Lecture and Discussion on the Outbreak of Chikungunya and Dengue in Delhi. The discussion will be led by Prof. Chandan Ghosh of the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Delhi.
Date: 20 September, 2016
Time: 2.30 pm
Venue: Auditorium, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi (Near the Civil Lines Metro Station) (Please make an entry at the College Gate before entering).
According to the World Health Organsiation, Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms. The proximity of mosquito breeding sites to human habitation is a significant risk factor for chikungunya.
Chikungunya shares some clinical signs with dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue is common. Dengue is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito infected with one of the four dengue virus serotypes. It is a febrile illness that affects infants, young children and adults with symptoms appearing 3-14 days after the infective bite.
Symptoms of dengue range from mild fever, to incapacitating high fever, with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, and rash. There is no vaccine or any specific medicine to treat dengue. People who have dengue fever should rest, drink plenty of fluids and reduce the fever using paracetamol or see a doctor.
Many people have fallen ill due to both Chikungunya and Dengue in Delhi this year and some have also lost their lives. This makes these two diseases a big threat amidst Delhi’s urban ecology and it needs to be tackled at the highest level.
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