Rains increased plasmodium falciparum in India by 30 percent

The prolonged rain spells in 2011 increased the cases of fatal plasmodium falciparum by 30 percent in comparison to 2010 in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
There were 51,000 malaria cases registered from January 2010 to December 2010, but this year, by the end of November, that number had already increased to 53,000. Among the 2,000 additional cases, there were almost 1,000 more cases of plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes the most dangerous form of malaria, TNN reports.
There were 2,900 PF cases in 2011, compared with 2,000 PF cases in 2010. According to the medical, health and family welfare department, prolonged rainfall was the cause of additional malaria cases reported in 2011.
"This year there was prolonged rain for two more months," J P Dhamija, the additional director for the department, said, according to TNN. "The mosquitoes got conducive environment for breeding due to waterlogging. But, we tried our best through anti-larvae activities and controlled malaria from spreading."
In Jaipur, Rajasthan's largest city, the total number of malaria cases increased from 1,192 between January 2010 and November 2010 to 1,763 during the corresponding period in 2011. Cases of dengue were down during the same time period from 484 in 2010 to 323 in 2011.