Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus similar to dengue fever, is running rampant in India. More than 12,250 cases had been reported across the country by the end of August.
The Karkardooma neighborhood of Delhi has borne a particularly heavy burden, with about 1/3 of the area’s 7,000 residents complaining of symptoms. The neighborhood’s open sewage drains and recent heavy monsoon rains may have contributed to the disease’s prevalence. With so many affected, the outbreak has stressed health care providers and eroded patient trust in overburdened government hospitals.