Health officials are concerned about a recent spike in HIV infections in a northeastern Indian state bordering the recently cyclone-ravaged Myanmar, according to the Indian news website Daily News & Analysis (DNA) (, 5/15).

The state, Nagaland, recorded relatively high rates of mother-to-child transmission in certain districts, ranging from 4.30 to 5.60 percent compared to the state’s overall mother-to-child infection rate of 0.60, reports the Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS). NASCS Project Director Dr. Nelphie Kire says intravenous drugs and needle sharing have also contributed to the increase.