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Malaria on the rise as mercury dips

mumbai Updated: Dec 09, 2009 02:07 IST
Naziya Alvi
Naziya Alvi
Hindustan Times
Deesha Vijay Asher

In November, 18-year-old Deesha Vijay Asher shot off two letters to the civic corporation about an overflowing sewage gutter in her building. She warned the civic body that if the drain was not cleaned, people would get malaria.

Little did the Gamdevi resident know that she herself would come down with malaria and miss her exams. As temperatures drop and the number of mosquitoes rise, more and more people are coming down with malaria, say doctors.

In November, there were 43 deaths because of malaria. The first week of December has already seen 72 cases. Civic officials said they are running an aggressive drive against malaria, but their focus has been on sanitising slum areas.