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Remote area of north-east India on alert as malaria kills 20 in a week

Published on Jun 13, 2014 9:39 PM
 
Indian residents infected with malaria lie on the floor of a primary health centre in Gandacharra, some 170 kms north of Agartala, the capital of north-eastern state of Tripura on June 13, 2014. At least 20 people have died from malaria in a remote corner of India in the past week, putting the medical authorities on high alert at the start of the monsoon season, an official said on Friday. -- PHOTO: AFP

GUWAHATI, India (AFP) - At least 20 people have died from malaria in a remote corner of India in the past week, putting the medical authorities on high alert at the start of the monsoon season, an official said on Friday.

Tripura Health Minister Badal Choudhury said deaths so far in the north-east state were unusually high, with doctors ordered to contain the mosquito-borne disease before it "gets out of hand".

"So far we have received reports of 20 deaths and more than 400 people afflicted with the disease in the past one week," Mr Choudhury told AFP by telephone. "The exact death toll could be higher as we are still getting reports of malaria deaths from interior areas," he said.

"We are taking it very seriously as we do not get reports of so many deaths in the initial stages of the monsoon. So we need to be prepared to fight the disease soon before it gets out of hand."

 
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