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Kala Azar

Kala-azar is a slow progressing indigenous disease caused by a protozoan parasite of genus Leishmania. Kala-azar also known as black fever and Dumdum fever. It is most severe form of leishmaniosis. It is parasitic infection transmitted by sand fly (Leishmania donovani), a blood-sucking pest, which is found in moist (humid) mud and sand and in close ..

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India: Target to eliminate Kala-azar by 2023

Union Government of India has set the target to eliminate Kala-azar from country by 2023. According to Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar (Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare), out of 633 Kala-azar endemic blocks, 625 blocks have successfully eliminated the kala-azar in 2021. India’s target is way ahead than World Health Organisation (WHO)’s target ..

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Kala Azar (Black fever) Case in West Bengal

In West Bengal, around 65 cases of Kala Azar (black fever) were reported across 11 districts in recent weeks. Key Facts However, there is no outbreak of the disease in state and cases are in limit, set by Union government. Union government aims to reduce Black fever cases to less than one per 10,000 population ..

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Kala azar

Kala azar or visceral leishmaniasis is a severe form of leishmaniasis, a protozoan disease caused by Leishmania parasites. It is transmitted by insect vectors (sandflies) that are found in the tropical and temperate regions. Among parasitic diseases, kala azar is the 2nd largest killer after malaria. It affects internal organs like spleen, liver and bone ..

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New Biomolecules to fight Kala Azar Drug Resistance

A team of researchers from Department of Biotechnology, National Centre for Cell Science have found ways to combat drug resistance of Kala Azar disease. Miltefosine is the only drug available against Leishmaniasis or Kala Azar and is losing its effectiveness lately. What is the issue? The transporter proteins play a major role in carrying miltefosine ..

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India misses 2017 deadline for Kala Azar elimination

India has missed December 2017 deadline announced for elimination of Kala Azar (black fever) in 2017-18 Budget by the Union Government. Elimination in this case is defined as reducing annual incidence of disease to less than 1 case per 10,000 people at the sub-district level. Endemic blocks In recent times endemic blocks have increased from ..

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