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Kejriwal touts progress tackling cases of dengue fever

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has touted progress made by the state government in controlling cases of dengue fever in the national capital. Compared to last year, cases have almost been halved with a reduction from 830 to 467. Cases have spiked, however, in the past two months. 190 cases of dengue fever were reported […]

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Dengue fever outbreak fears in Bihar

Amidst fears of a dengue fever outbreak in Bihar state capital Patna, the state health department is readying itself.  Waterlogged following a period of heavy rainfall, Patna has registered almost 250 dengue cases since September 27th – compared to 409 cases registered between January 1st and September 27th. Across the state, flooding has affected 1,400

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Jaipur issues penalties for mosquito breeding

Rajasthan state capital Jaipur is taking a hard line in its efforts to control mosquito-borne diseases, imposing fines against those who allow for breeding sites on their property.  At the time of writing, 141 homeowners in the city have been served with challans within a one-month period for failing to deal with breeding sites on

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Domestic dengue vaccine could be available in 2020

There may be renewed hope of combating dengue fever amongst reports of cases spiking over recent weeks. A domestically produced dengue fever vaccine may be made available in 2020. The dengue vaccination will be introduced in India early next year. This rollout of the vaccine will only be partial, however. A senior official of the

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‘Our legacy to future generations’: India and a malaria-free world

India will prioritise the eradication of malaria on its public health agenda, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has announced on the heels of a landmark report by experts which proclaims that a malaria-free world by 2050 is attainable – if a bold approach is undertaken.  “We are working towards ending malaria as soon as

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Spike in water-borne diseases in Hyderabad

Hyderabad is reporting a spike in water-borne diseases, sparking fears of water contamination.  Diarrhoeal disease, viral hepatitis, and typhoid have all been reported in the Telangana state capital. At the time of writing, 16,178 people have fallen ill with diarrhoea and 1,301 are afflicted with typhoid fever. Viral hepatitis, meanwhile, is believed to have affected

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