Seventeen people died of malaria during January to April this year in Mizoram, a Health department statement said in Aizawl on Thursday.
The statement said that the death toll during January to April surpassed last year's figure of seven by ten during the same period.
April this year witnessed the highest malarial death toll as eight persons fell pery to the disease transmitted through the bite of female mosquitoes.
Hospitals and health centres across the state, which tested 27,682 blood samples found as many as 893 positives out of which 615 were identified as positive malaria PF (plasmodium falciparum), the statement said.
The Health department urged the people to take utmost preventive measures during the onset of monsoon as monsoon brings more pandemic malaria cases from almost all over the state and also asked the public to make maximum use of the 1,283 Drug Distribution centres from where malaria drugs are distributed to the affected people free of costs.