Mother and Child Health – Immunization Program, BPBB, PMJSY, PMMSY, etc.

Chandipura Virus


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Chandipura Virus

Mains level : Not Much

  • Medical officers are on high alert after a 5 year old died of Chandipura Virus in Gujarat.

Chandipura virus

  • The Chandipura virus was discovered by 2 Pune-based virologists of the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in 1965.
  • The Chandipura Vesiculovirus (CHPV) predominantly affects children.
  • The virus spreads mainly through the bite of sand flies and sometimes through mosquitoes.
  • The symptoms include sudden high fever accompanied by headache, convulsions and vomiting, sometimes leading to unconsciousness.
  • Cases have mostly been reported during monsoon and pre-monsoon, when sand flies breed.
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