Studies show migrant youths more susceptible to malaria than others

Studies show migrant youths more susceptible to malaria than others

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Even though malaria is one of the most common diseases in India, the statistics of a survey conducted by the SBI General Insurance Co. is surprising. The data reveals that migrant young people are more affected by malaria than other people. Almost 52% of the people suffering from malaria belonged to the age group of 16-35 and 28% belonged to the 36-50 category of age. The study shows that people who migrated to a different city away from home to work or study have been victims of malaria than the native people. Gujarat has the highest number of such patients (about 32%) followed by Maharashtra (21%), Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. The monsoon of the last two years has seen the highest number of malaria claims as revealed by the study on the World Malaria Day (April 25th). However, India has been making prominent progress in reducing the parasitic disease. The study has disclosed a steep fall in the number of malaria cases from 2000 to 2013. In 2000, about 20 lakh cases were claimed, which has been reduced to 8.82 lakhs by 2013. Of the total cases received for different diseases, about 9% of them accounted for malaria added SBI General Insurance. Malaria is caused by various species of plasmodium like ovale, vivax, falciparum and malariae. The study revealed that about 53.59% of the cases were vivax malaria and 32.34% were falciparum malaria. National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) announced that in India, 1.5 million cases are reported every year of which 40-50% of the diseases are caused by plasmodium falciparum. Malaria can also lead to cerebral problems such as pain, fits, and abnormal inflammation in the brain, causing permanent damage. According to the data received, such cases only occupy 30% of the total cases reported.