Severe malaria strain called falciparum increasing in Maharashtra, India

The percent of malaria cases caused by the severe strain of malaria called P. falciparum has been increasing in Maharashtra. In the state's tribal districts, including Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Gondia, Thane and Nandurbar, 96% of all malaria cases are caused by this particular strain which is often fatal.

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There is a high risk of exposure to malaria throughout India, and travellers should be particularly careful to take anti-malaria medications, especially in areas where the severe strain of malaria is prevalent. 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.

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