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TB cases spiked in India last year

Tuberculosis (TB) cases spiked in India last year, according to the latest government figures.  This is according to the latest government figures, which indicated that 27 lakh cases were recorded in the country in 2018. This included 21.5 lakh cases notified to the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) compared to eighteen lakh cases notified […]

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Swine flu cases in Gujarat: Symptom of a national problem?

Gujarat recorded the second-highest number of swine flu cases in India in just under the first seven months of 2019, the Gujarat High Court has been informed.  Between January 1st and June 23rd, 4,772 cases were recorded resulting in 149 deaths. Only Rajasthan recorded more cases while Rajasthan and Maharashtra recorded more fatalities. At the

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Food poisoning in Karnataka highlights a national problem

An incident at a temple in Karnataka has spotlighted one of India’s major public health issues when it comes to infectious disease: food poisoning. More than 130 worshippers at a temple in the Chamarajanagar district became sick after eating food offered during the service. Eleven people died and eight are in critical condition at the

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Swine flu alert in India, first case reported

Swine flu has shown first signs of return in India. Health officials in Kolkata, West Bengal have issued an alert after a case of the disease was reported on Monday. Swine flu made global headlines in 2009 after an outbreak reached pandemic proportions. The disease caused, according to one estimate, more than 284,000 deaths worldwide.

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How Kerala said “bye bye” to the Nipah virus

When Kerala experienced an outbreak of the Nipah virus in May, many panicked. The outbreak arrested global headlines. Some feared an epidemic on the scale of the Ebola virus. However, public health officials responded swiftly. The affected Kozhikode and Malappuram districts in Kerala have since been declared Nipah-free. “The recent Nipah virus outbreak in India

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Food poisoning is the second most common infectious outbreak in India

Food poisoning was the second most common cause of infectious disease outbreak in India in 2017. The IDSP says milk has been found to be one of the most common contaminated products in these cases. Out of 1,649 disease outbreaks reported till December 3 last year, 242 were due to food poisoning, according to data

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