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Better use of public health facilities in India could improve kala-azar diagnosis, say researchers

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 31 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1769
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

International experts have urged greater public-private partnership to facilitate the early diagnosis of kala-azar (visceral leishmaniasis) in the Indian state of Bihar to prevent delays in detecting cases and to reduce the transmission of the disease.

A team of experts led by Jan Boettcher, from the Centre for Biological Threats and Special Pathogens at the Robert Koch-Institute, Berlin, noted that over 66% of the world’s cases of kala-azar were reported in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. In these countries nearly 147 million people are at risk of contracting kala-azar, and around 40 000 …

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