Kanpur, August 24 : Malaria outbreaks in Kanpur with reports of at least 500 people falling prey to high fever and many succumbing to the vector spread disease.
Over the past few days, several cases of malaria have been reported from Kanpur Dehat of the region.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the area, Satya Singh, said that blood samples of about 600 patients have been taken and the area is being sprayed with chemicals to prevent the spread of the disease.
"A total of 586 blood samples have been taken. And those patients, who have tested positive for malaria, are being attended to and given all necessary treatment. We are also spraying in the areas, fogging and spraying of DDT is also taking place in those areas," said Singh.
Meanwhile, residents said that almost every house in the village had one or two patients suffering from fever possibly malaria.
"Many children in our village were running high temperature. But when two children died, our village head informed the hospital authorities, which then sent a team here. The team referred us to this hospital where those suffering (from malaria) are being treated," said Vinod Kumar, a resident.
According to some reports, more than 62 people have succumbed to the disease while thousands are affected by malaria that broke out following heavy monsoon rains in central and northern parts of India.
Malaria outbreaks are common during the monsoon season in India particularly in northern, eastern and northeastern states.