Ailurophobia, or commonly known as the fear of CAT’s, is on a rise this season. Though this disease is a general phenomenon during this time of the year among IT employees, this year has seen a considerable increase in the number of cases.
“Last year we had reported 112 cases but this year we have already reported about 320 cases of this disease, and the season has just begun” said Dr. Honey Singh from KMC Mangalore.
Ailurophobia is a type of specific phobia: the persistent, irrational fear of cats. It comes from a Greek word ‘ailouros’ meaning cat and ‘phobos’ meaning fear. Some sufferers experience it almost all the time, others just in response to direct stimuli.
An interesting symptom of this disease is that the patient starts thinking that he is affected from different diseases like typhoid, dengue, malaria etc. Though actual blood tests reveal that the person is totally fit and it is only psychological. Treatment is usually carried out by a psychiatrist or other therapy specialists.
This year a staggering 4.2 lakh IT employees have already applied for leave anticipating that some disease is going to strike them this coming season. The highest numbers of employees coming from top companies like Cognizant, Infosys and TCS.
“Already about 3800 of our employees have applied for leave citing issues like typhoid, malaria etc from our Pune office itself” said Mr Chandrasekaran, Group Chief Executive, Cognizant Technology Solutions India.
Mr. Narayan Murthy of Infosys group was unavailable for comment on this issue.
Just one message to all the employees, take good care, stay calm and all the best!!! 😉
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