Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Chikuniya has arrived in Singapore !

However, Chikuniya is not the latest shopping centre like Takashimaya, neither is it a Japanese food. It is not a fruit like Chiku too !

It is a scourge which has claimed 11 victims hitherto in Singapore. It is spread by the Aedes mosquitoes which were the source of the dengue bulge in Singapore last year.

Chikuniya infection at this point of writing is concentrated in Little India of Singapore and the National Environment Agency (NEA) has stepped up its efforts to rid this scourge.

Though rarely deadly, the diseases bring much discomfort to the victims, with rashes, fever, etc.

Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan has acknowledged that this problem is a knotty issue and inter-agency taskforces have been formed to tackle the disease in a comprehensive manner.

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