The prevalence of malaria is on rise in Mangalore, in the state of
Karnataka, India. A University in Germany in association with Government
Wenlock Hospital and the Karnataka Institute of DNA Research will commence a
research to find out the causes for rise in malaria and risk factors involved
in increase in malaria cases.
In 2014, as many as 17 persons, who had
contracted malaria, died in the Government Wenlock Hospital.
UT Khader, Health and Family Welfare Minister said, "A Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) will be signed between the Institute of Tropical Medicine
of the Charite University, Berlin, the Government Wenlock Hospital, the
Kasturba Medical College and the Karnataka Institute for DNA Research, Dharwad, to conduct the research, which will be for five months."
The study is expected to throw light on the causes for rise in number of malaria cases in the city.
Frank P. Mockenhaupt, the Deputy Director of Research Group (Malaria
and Infectious Diseases Epidermology) of the Charite University, will head the
Mockenhaupt, said, " The study will look at the
risk factors for prevalence of malaria in Mangalore. It will also examine if
genetic factors make people susceptible to the disease."
Mockenhaupt will be assisted by a research
scholar, Prabhanjan Gai and Konrad Seigert, a medical student.