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India faces drug resistant leishmaniasis

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 02 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:505
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    Untreated patients and drug resistant strains of the Leishmania donovani parasite are obstructing India's efforts to control leishmaniasis, doctors cautioned at a conference in New Delhi last week.

    India's health ministry has announced a control plan that is aimed at reducing the incidence of leishmaniasis to 25% by the year 2005 and declaring India free of the infection by 2012.

    “Less than 10% of the infected seek medical treatment, and 60% of cases in Bihar, the worst affected state, are resistant to the first line drug,” said Dr Philippe Desjeux, coordinator of leishmaniasis control at the World Health Organization in …

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