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Friday, July 5, 2013

India : 12 kids down with malaria in Kandhamal

From Times of India :

" At least a dozen students of government-run sevashram school in Kandhamal's Bataguda village are suffering from malaria. Their blood samples tested positive for the disease at the Baliguda sub-divisional hospital on Thursday. The students went down with the fever on Monday. They were admitted to the hospital and later discharged.

They will be under the supervision of doctors in their hostel, said district malaria officer (DMO) J N Patnaik. The condition of all ailing students is stable, he said. The mobile medical team from Baliguda will collect the blood samples of other students to test it for malaria, he said. The team would also tell students about the precautions to be taken against the disease, said Patnaik.

Over 300 students stay in the school-cum-hostel run by the SC&ST department. "The situation is not alarming but students suffer from malaria and vector-borne diseases after returning from their homes after summer vacation," said district welfare officer R N Prusty."

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