Latest News and Updates on Chikungunya
A new Chikungunya study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri has found that symptoms and blood test results of patients with Chikungunya is similar to that of rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Experimental Chikungunya vaccine tested on monkeys
Scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Purdue University and Bioqual Inc. have have developed a vaccine for Chikungunya which is still in experimental stage. It was successfully tested in monkeys and mice. The vaccine consists of virus like materials which triggers immune system to develop antibodies. The results of the experimental vaccine was published in the Nature Medicine journal.
Chikungunya infection on the increase in Singapore
More cases of Chikungunya fever is reported from Singapore. So far over 100 cases has been reported in Singpore since August 2008. The total reported cases for 2008 is around the 300 mark.
Chikungunya outbreak was reported in Hooghly district in India. About a doze people were tested positive for the disease. This is the first time Chikungunya is reported from Hooghly. Medical teams were dispatched to villages to deal with the outbreak. More..
Chikungunya confirmed at Bangalore, India
Chikungunya outbreak in Bangalore is confirmed and there are about 100 patients treated for the disease. More and more cases are reported and most patients complain of high fever and joint pains. Bangalore is India's IT hub and a lot of people from around the country work there. So the disease can quickly spread to other areas in the country.
Making money from Chikungunya - Dabur introduces Odomos spray
Dabur India has introduced a new mosquito repellent in spray form. This is a personal use product intended for spraying on the skin. This masks body odour which is used by mosquitos to locate the victim. The 100ml pack is priced at around Rs. 55 ($1.5). This is a good solution if you are going on a trekking or expedition. This is also useful if you Chikungunya is reported in your area. What makes you most effective is the fact that disease is caused by mosquito bites outside in daytime. More..
Homeo treatment for Chikungunya tried in Karnataka
According to Muller homeopathic medical college which conducted homeo chikungunya treatment camps in Puttur, Karnataka, patients have responded well to homeo medicine. The duration of illness was also reduced. The hospital also claims the homeopathic preventive medicine was very effective and gives about 90-95 percent protection. About 5000 patients were given curative medicine and they were able to go to work in 2-3 days.