India moves to improve black fever tracking

Bagchi, Sanjit
December 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;12/4/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 12, p1486
Academic Journal
The article reports on the introduction of a new coding system which is capable of tracking infected patients down to the village level to ensure compliance by the government of India. The effort is intended to improve treatment rates for kala-azar, one of the world's deadliest parasitic diseases that infects 300,000 people and takes 20,000 lives in the country. According to the Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control Program, the disease, which is colloquially known as black fever, chiefly affects the rural poor. The implementation of the coding scheme will enable the treatment to be more focused and will impose a thorough patient monitoring. The scheme will provide more accurate counts of the number of infected.


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