Malaria claims 1 more life in Bellary dist;16 deaths in 9 days

The deceased, who was suffering from malaria for the past over one week, died at his residence here, they said.The man was being treated for the fever at VIMS hospital and was yet to recover fully, but was discharged on the request of his family members, doctors at VIMS said.

Over 70 malaria patients are being treated at VIMS Hospital.Even as district authorities have taken up measures like fogging and spraying and claim to have adequate stock of medicines, health officers who did not wish to be named said dearth of medicines was the main reason for the increasing number of cases.

Blood samples of all malaria patients in the district are being sent to National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Bangalore for testing, health officials said.

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