Dengue up and malaria slightly down in India

Comparing data on reported dengue fever and malaria infections from 2014 to 2015, the number of dengue fever cases in the country has more than doubled, while malaria cases have decreased slightly. Nationwide, there have been 84,391 people infected with dengue. The most affected states include Delhi (15,531), Punjab (12,628) and Haryana (8,021). The total number of dengue-related fatalities has also increased to 170 people.

Malaria nationwide has decreased to 792,234 infections with 170 deaths in the first 9 months of the year. The most affected states include Odisha (330,000 cases) followed by Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

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