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Indian official: At least 71 people dead in 1 month from mosquito-borne fever

Indian official: At least 71 people dead in 1 month from mosquito-borne fever

At least 71 people have died over the last month of a mosquito-borne virus and 40,000 more may be infected in India's southern state of Kerala, health officials said Wednesday.
The state is facing an outbreak of chikungunya, a viral fever transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes, said Kerala's health minister, P. K. Sreemathi.
The outbreak appears to have overwhelmed local health officials, and Sreemathi said a World Health Organization team made up of experts from India's National Institutes of Communicable Diseases is to arrive in the state on Thursday.
"The expert heath team from WHO needs to make an on-the-spot assessment to tackle the situation," he told The Associated Press from the central district of Alappuzha, the epicenter of the outbreak.
The chief medical officer of Alappuzha district, K. Velayudhan, said nearly 40,000 people were showing symptoms of the disease, and that thousands had been hospitalized in his district alone.
"Most of them are suspected cases of chikungunya as blood samples of some of the patients have tested positive for the disease," he told the AP.
Sreemathi said 71 people had died from the disease in the past month.