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threat to public health was a reasonable enough explanation for its unpreparedness. Here again is another disjuncture in the development process. Not so long ago, entomological researchers had in the course or their investigations on the rat Ilea found to their surprise that the nature of changes in the flea and host rodent populations was such that an outbreak of plague could be imminent as a consequence of any sort of ecological disturbance, such as the Latur earthquake or the Surat floods, which would drive wild carrier rodents to mix with the urban species. Not surprisingly, these research findings remained a scientific contribution with absolutely no interface with public policy. Secondly, the state has in its annual budget an item 'plague organisation' under which is allocated a pittance

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