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Failure to control mosquitoes has led to two fever epidemics in India

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7572.773-c (Published 12 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:773
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    India is battling an unprecedented epidemic of chikungunya, an uncommon viral fever spread by mosquito bites.



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    A mother sits beside her son, who is suspected of having dengue haemorrhagic fever, in Allahabad, India

    Credit: RAJESH KUMAR SINGH/AP/EMPICS

    It is thought that more than 1.3 million people across southern and central India have been infected. Meanwhile a simultaneous outbreak of dengue haemorrhagic fever, spread by the same species of mosquito, has affected 3600 people and killed 48 in several states.

    Doctors say that India's weak mechanisms for disease surveillance and a steady deterioration of …

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