Malaria: health officials collect blood samples

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Officials of the Health Department have started collecting blood samples from Jussa Road and Lissi Street in the Valiyathura area in an attempt to identify potential carriers of Malaria who are yet to show symptoms of the disease. These areas have reported the highest incidence of the disease, a press note issued here on Thursday said.

Health officials on Thursday collected blood samples from 283 persons from 92 houses in the Valiyathura area.

These samples are being examined by four laboratory technicians. Public announcements asking people to cooperate with the blood-collection drive were also being organised.

Source reduction

As many as 230 wells in 733 houses in the area were sprayed with disinfectant as part a source-reduction drive, the press note added.

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