Hidden threat: Hyderabad in grip of ‘invisible’ Malaria
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Of 50 people tested in a health camp in Hyderabad, as many as 13 asymptomatic positive cases of malaria were found. These patients did not present the symptoms of fever and chill but had the presence of the malarial parasite in their blood. Though due to good immunity, such patients do not suffer from a full-blown disease, they do act as a reservoir for the infection to transfer to other people through insect bite and there is always a possibility that the latent infection may turn in to an acute infection.

Such asymptomatic reservoirs pose a hurdle in eliminating the disease as they are not treated. The people who harbor the reserves suffer from 2-3 episodes of fever in 6 months but since the fever subsides with medications, they do not get tested for malaria. The presence of the parasite in the body leads to chronic anemia and maternal and neonatal mortality in pregnant women.

To tackle these asymptomatic cases it is very important to have an accurate diagnosis, and create a climate of health-seeking behavior so people have confidence in reporting to healthcare centres. The government is carrying out malaria tests in health camps with an aim to eliminate the parasite from the Indian population by 2030...

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