Sourav Ganguly’s wife, Dona, hospitalized with Chikungunya; West Bengal fights against the outbreak of this viral disease


Renowned classical dancer and wife of Sourav Ganguly, Donna, was hospitalized earlier this week with Chikungunya after suffering from a high fever, joint pains and skin rashes.

New Delhi: Donna, the wife of former cricketer Sourav Ganguly, was admitted to hospital in Kolkata after being diagnosed with chikungunya.
“Dona Ganguly has been diagnosed with chikungunya. She remains hemodynamically stable and afebrile, and is receiving maintenance IV fluids,” said Dr. Rupali Basu, CEO of Woodlands Hospital in a press release.
Doctors said Donna, a renowned classical dancer, was admitted to hospital earlier this week with a fever, joint pain and a rash.

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According to West Bengal authorities, vector-borne diseases such as chikungunya and dengue have spiked to their highest point in four years in the state. This state government has called a high-level meeting to exchange ideas on how to contain the growing number of cases.

Several areas in Kolkata have reported chikungunya, creating a wave of panic among the people. At least 35 cases have been reported in areas including Beliaghata, Narkeldanga, Ultadanga and Belgachia in north and northeast Kolkata, according to a report submitted by the Indian Council of Medical Research.

The state health ministry is also in the process of creating an adequate number of well-trained entomologists or insect experts to assist in the implementation of effective vector control measures.

According to the WHO, the Chikungunya virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Outbreaks occur in countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean, Indian, and Pacific oceans. Chikungunya gets its name from the chikungunya virus (CHIKV) that causes the viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.

The proximity of mosquito breeding sites to human dwellings is a significant risk factor for chikungunya.

Chikungunya symptoms

According to doctors, the most common symptoms of infection are fever and joint pain. The other signs are:

  • Severe headache and muscle pain
  • While most patients begin to feel better within a week, joint pain can be severe and disabling and can persist for months.
  • Sudden onset of high to very high fever
  • joint pain
  • Headache
  • Myalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Nausea
  • vomiting
  • Maculopapular rash characterized by a flat red area on the skin covered with raised bumps

Chikungunya Treatment

There is currently no vaccine to prevent or medicine to cure chikungunya. However, a few steps can be taken:

  • Rest
  • Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Take medicine to lower the fever.
  • Do not take anti-inflammatory medications until chikungunya can be ruled out to reduce the risk of bleeding.
  • Contact your health care provider if you are taking medications for another medical condition.

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dietitian before beginning any fitness program or making changes to your diet.

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