GUWAHATI, India : At least 20 people have died from malaria in a remote corner of India in the past week, putting medical authorities on high alert at the start of the monsoon season, an official said Friday. Tripura health minister Badal Choudhury said deaths so far in the northeast state were unusually high, with doctors ordered to contain the mosquito-borne disease before it "gets out of hand". "So far we have received reports of 20 deaths and more than 400 people afflicted with the disease in the past one week," Choudhury told AFP by telephone.
"The exact death toll could be higher as we are still getting reports of malaria deaths from interior areas," he said.