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UP: Deadly Plasmodium falciparum Malaria strikes Bareily, nearby districts

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UP: Deadly Plasmodium falciparum Malaria strikes Bareily, nearby districts

UP : As many as Eleven districts in the state have reported cases of the ”deadly” plasmodium falciparum (PF) malaria this year, the recent data released by the state health department stated.

PF is known to be one of the most severe strains of the malaria species correlated with almost every malarial death. As per records, a total of 852 cases has been reported where the maximum cases came out of Bareily where 707 cases were reported.  The other 10 districts where PF was detected are Pilibhit, Badaun, Shahjahanpur, Bahraich, Kanpur Dehat, Kushinagar, Mirzapur, Sonbhadra, Lalitpur and Gautam Buddh Nagar.

Officials further informed media persons that 39,135 cases of the plasmodium vivax (PV), the most widespread and common form of malaria, and 852 cases of PF were reported in Uttar Pradesh from January to August this year.

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Out of total 852 persons tested positive with PF, 707 were in Bareilly, 106 in Budaun, 23 in Sonbhadra, five in Shahjahanpur, three each in Pilibhit and Bahraich and one each in Kanpur Dehat, Kushinagar, Mirzapur, Lalitpur and Gautam Buddh Nagar.

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Joint Director (malaria) Avadhesh Yadav told IANS: “Following an outbreak of malaria last year in Bareilly and Badaun, the cases are on the rise in these two districts but the situation will be controlled by the end of the year. Except Sonebhadra, other districts have reported only a few PF cases.

“Whenever a person is tested positive with PF malaria, the health teams have conducting special activity. At least 50 houses situated in the radius of the residence of the PF patient were sprayed with pyrethrum, a natural insecticide. Besides fogging and larvicidal spraying was also carried out.”

In neighboring Badaun, larvicides have been sprayed in 140 villages, while fogging and spraying with pyrethrum has been done in 125 and 66 villages respectively.

Most of the malaria cases being reported since January, were detected in three blocks of Bareilly and four blocks of Badaun on the Bareilly-Budaun border.



Source: IANS
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