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Monday, September 20, 2010

India : After cholera, malaria hits Orissa district

Via Sify News :

" Bhubaneswar, Sep 20 : There has been a sudden increase in the number of malaria cases in Orissa's Rayagada district, where cholera and other water-borne diseases have claimed over 40 lives since August, a senior official said Monday.

'Malaria patients have increased in the last few weeks,' District Collector N.B. Jawale told IANS.

He said five to six suspected malaria cases were being reported each day from all the 22 health camps and centres set up by the administration in the district to tackle cholera and diarrhoea.

'Most of the people coming to the centres have high fever,' Jawale said.

According to the 2001 census, the Rayagada district, some 390 km from here, has a population of about 823,000 people.

Cholera and other water borne diseases have claimed 41 lives and infected over 1,500 people in all the 11 blocks of the district."

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