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Malaria outbreak in Assam raises concern in Gelephu


Nov 25, 2011

Health officials in Gelephu have intensified efforts to educate the residents on malaria and its prevention after a malaria outbreak was reported in the town of Dawsiree in Assam, India.

Dawsiree is just 15 kilometres from Gelephu with a long porous border.

Recently, a 21 year old Indian died from malaria in the Gelephu hospital.

Dr Lobzang Dorji, the superintendent of the Gelephu hospital said “people think there is no risk of malaria in the winter so they remain complacent. This is very risky.”

Officials at the vector-born disease control programme in Gelephu are also asking people traveling through Assam to take precautions and visit a hospital if they show malaria like symptoms.

Officials have already sensitized the residents of Gelephu on the malaria outbreak in the border town in Assam and urged them to use impregnated mosquito nets at night and avoid unnecessary visits to malaria prone areas.

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