New Delhi: Orissa recorded the maximum number of cases of malaria in January-July period this year followed by Chhattisgarh while Kerala registered the most number of dengue victims followed by Karnataka. The country was by and large free of Kala azar except for the states of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, which reported 5982, 1442 and 337 cases respectively by July 31 this year. According to the latest figures submitted by the Union Health Ministry to the Lok Sabha today, a total of 2,62,582 cases with 78 deaths were reported in the country. 89,466 cases of malaria were reported from Orissa followed by Chhattisgarh which recorded 31,940 cases. Jharkhand reported 26,489 cases, while Maharashtra reported 17,060 cases followed by Gujarat, Assam, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh.
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