Attempts to tackle black fever in Kollam

Anchal: Central medical team visited the Kulathupuzha Villumala tribal colony where one person was identified with black fever. The team checked if there are symptoms of black fever in any person or there are people who earlier suffered from similar kind of illness. They collected blood samples from the villagers and from the pets to be tested in Delhi. They collected two types of samples. One will be tested in Kollam government lab and the other in Delhi. They informed that the means of spreading can be determined only after obtaining the test results.

The team collected samples of sandflies which are thought to be the source of this disease. They gave instructions to repel sandflies and precautionary warnings to avoid biting. The 4-membered team under the leadership of Dr. T G Thomas, joint director of National Centre for Disease Control in New Delhi has visited the colony on Saturday.

A team of two members under the health expert Devanand is camping in the region for further studies. Dr. Ramesh and Dr. Gireesh are the members. The district program officer of ‘Arogya Keralam’ Dr Hari and Kulathupuzha Medical officer Sabeena Begum were also present in the camp. Today Suchitwa Mission will conduct awareness classes, fogging activities to repel sandflies and distribute mosquito nets for the villagers as part of the preventive measures.

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