Malaria concerns in Kalahandi district, Odisha, India

More than 7,000 people were infected with malaria in Kalahandi district in July. Slightly more than 90 percent were infected with the severe strain of malaria called falciparum. The Bhawanipatna Government Hospital is reported to be overwhelmed with overcrowding and, in several cases, the patients are sleeping on the floor due to a shortage of beds.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure to malaria is generalized throughout most of India. Travellers to any region where malaria transmission is occurring can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Anti-malaria medication is recommended.