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Friday, July 23, 2010

Mumbai : Malaria cases double in city since '09

An article from Times of India :

" MUMBAI: This is possibly one of Mumbai's highest score: over 8,600 cases of malaria in the first 17 days of July. Last year, the positive cases for entire July stood at 4,380. For a city that was once a malaria-free area, the transformation into an endemic zone now appears complete.

One of the reasons for the higher positivity could be the fact that the civic administration has stepped up its door-to-door surveillance and is collecting more blood samples than before this year, but health experts feel that the city is in the throes of an outbreak. On Thursday, the health department registered the 11th death due to malaria since July 1; a 28-year-old resident of Duncan Road near Lalbaug became the latest victim of the disease."

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