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Goa reports rise in vector-borne diseases

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`As many as 3,345 cases of malaria were detected till September'

PANAJI: Goa has reported a rise in vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue and chikungunya, Health department officials have said.

Talking to presspersons on Tuesday after an emergency meeting of the Task Force on Vector-borne Diseases, Anand Prakash, who is Development Commissioner and Secretary (Health) said that the situation was not alarming.

It was fairly manageable, he said.

Director of Health Services Arvind V. Salelkar and Deputy Director Deepak Kabadi said that till September ,as many as 3,345 cases of malaria had been detected, and four deaths reported.

Dengue cases

During the same period, 24 suspected cases of dengue had been reported with one confirmed case and 48 cases of chikungunya with two confirmed cases, the officials said. The officials said that suspected cases of dengue and chikungunya were suddenly on the rise, especially in last fortnight.

Cause of concern

They said that the high percentage of falciparam malaria cases was the main cause of concern.

Dr. Kabadi said that changing lifestyles, urbanisation and the boom in construction activity were primarily responsible for the sudden spurt in these diseases.

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