Chikungunya Virus May Be Deadly, Indian Doctors Say

Feb 28, 2008 (Bloomberg) — Chikungunya, the tropical disease that spread to Europe from Asia last year, may have turned deadly, according to scientists who studied an outbreak that infected about 1.4 million people in India. More than 3,056 people may have died from the mosquito-borne virus in Ahmedabad in 2006, based on a comparison of the actual and expected death rate in the west Indian city of 3.8 million people, researchers said in a study in the March edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases. There is no treatment for the disease, which causes fever, rash and debilitating joint pain. Full Report