Till September 1994, plague was s 'upposedly a forgotten disease in India. It caught the country's medics aghast at their own ignorance. But after its outbreak, medical authorities have taken

Although the plague was thought to have been sent packing in 1966, isolated suspected cases have since been reported, the most recent being from Him Pradesh in 1984. Besides, since 1989, the

The plague caught institutions everywhere completely inert. Only the Plague Surveillance Unit (PSU) in Bangalore - the last of its kind in the country - and its sub-unit at Kolar in Karnataka,

The plague today holds the same threshold of dread that it did in the 14th century. So when the Black Death struck India late last month, the administration and the country's health system collapsed under the power of both

ASHISH KUMAR MUKHERJEE is the Director General of Health Services DGHS , and as the country's topmost health bureaucrat, was the man in the hotseat when the recent plague outbreak occurred. He took over as DGHS in 1993, and the

MEDIEVAL afflictions were not restricted to Beed, Surat or other parts of India hit by the plague last fortnight. They showed up in the blinkered reception of the news in several supposedly

When an outbreak of plague was initially reported in the second week of September from Maharashtra's Beed district, close to Latur, which was ravaged by an earthquake late last year, the state

Against sheep and goat plague

it is heartening to note that in the present decade, the intellectuals and academicians of the nation are not pontificating and publishing in just the realm of abstract theory but are directly