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Sunday, September 26, 2010

India : State set to launch campaign to fight malaria

From Times of India, Jaipur reports malaria and dengue cases :

" JAIPUR: The state health department will launch anti-larval activities in the state in the first two weeks of October. Malaria has registered a steep increase over the past couple of weeks. In the past week alone, over 2,000 cases of malaria were registered in the state.

Due to a good monsoon, and early winter, the dengue cases are expected to rise this year.

The western districts of Barmer, Jaisalmer, Udaipur and Nagaur are worst hit by malaria, while several dengue cases have been reported in Alwar.

"Compared to the past week, the situation has improved somewhat and the number of pulmonary falciparum (PF) malaria cases have registered a slight drop," said Dr B R Meena, additional director, health department.

Despite the department's claims, malaria has been spreading in the state. So far, 16,000 cases of malaria and 170 of dengue have been reported in the state over the past one month."

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