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Malignant malaria alert
- 2000 children suffering from fever

Raiganj, Oct. 15: The North Dinajpur district health administration has been put on alert following the out break of malignant malaria in Raiganj, Karandighi and Goalpokhar blocks and the death of one person from the mosquito-borne parasite.

Doctors are also concerned about the 2,000 infants suffering from fever in the three blocks. However, none of them have been found to be suffering from malignant malaria.

“We have been monitoring the situation as there is evidence of people being affected by malignant malaria. Fazlur Haq, 51, died of the disease on October 12 at a Karandighi village,” said Sudhangshu Shekhar Shaoo, the chief medical officer of health.

Many patients from the three blocks have been admitted to the district hospital with fever. “We have found malignant malaria parasite in the blood samples of 10 of them. Medical teams have been sent. Health workers are also carrying out a door-to-door survey.”

The district health chief said fever was common among children at this time of the year because of the change of season. “But we are keeping them under observation as there is evidence of malignant malaria in the areas,” Shaoo said. Over 800 infants have come to the district hospital and the health facility at Karandighi since yesterday.

Sources at the district hospital here said more than 600 infants have reported with fever in the past two days at the out patients’ department. Among them, 54 have been admitted to the 32-bed paediatrics ward. Paediatrician Asit Banerjee said he was not taking any risks. “But we have not found any of children afflicted with malignant malaria.”

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