Kala-azar epidemic in Varanasi district, India

Kumar, R. ; Kumar, P. ; Chowdhary, R. K. ; Pai, K. ; Mishra, C. P. ; Kumar, K. ; Pandey, H. P. ; Singh, V. P. ; Sundar, S. (1999) Kala-azar epidemic in Varanasi district, India Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 77 (5). pp. 371-374. ISSN 0042-9686

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Reports at the Sir Sunder Lal Hospital, Banaras Hindu University, of a large number of kala-azar cases from one particular village in Varanasi district, Uttar Pradesh, led us to carry out an epidemiological study of the situation using standard techniques. The overall prevalence and case fatality of the disease were 12.9% and 10.5%, respectively. A history of fever and hepatosplenomegaly was noted for ail the cases. The case definition was the presence of parasites in bone marrow or splenic aspirate smears. The disease was more prevalent among adults, but occurred also among children. However, there was no clear linear relationship between the prevalence of the disease and age group. Kala-azar occurred among males and females, and its prevalence did not correlate significantly with income. Since the disease vector continues to be present in the study area, the health authorities should take strong steps to control the disease.

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