Jamshedpur: At a time when the Jamshedpur Health department is struggling to combat the rising cases of vector-borne and viral diseases in the city, two positive cases of Chikungunya has set the alarm bell ringing for them.

The suspects of Chikangunya were confirmed positive by the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune.

With the detection of Chikungunya, Additional Chief Secretary of the state has directed Dr Parveen Chandra, Director (Health) to investigate the cases and prevent its further spread.

In a press conference on Monday, Dr TP Madhusudan, General Manger (Health facility), Tata Steel Hospital informed that to identify the causes behind the spurt in viral cases, 12 blood samples of viral patients were sent to NIV, Pune.

“Two patients were detected with Chikungunya virus, which is spread by Aedes mosquito. The remaining 10 patients were detected with different kind of virus. Specific cases are presently under observation,” he said.

Dr Madhusudan added that patients suffering from viral fever are showing different symptoms, which is an issue of concern.

According the official data provided by the Tata Steel Hospital, around 1407 patients were admitted in the hospital last month.  The bed occupancy rate broke the record of past 15 years.
Dr Madhusudan informed that vector borne diseases have spread to such an extent that against the average limit of 10-150, the hospital is catering to 254 patients in a day.