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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

India : It's cholera, not gastroenteritis in Ghoda village

Via DNA India :

" Ghoda: It is not gastroenteritis, but cholera that has taken Ghoda village of Viramgam in its grip. Earlier, it was believed that gastroenteritis had claimed four lives in Ghoda.

One more patient succumbed to cholera on Monday taking the toll to five in the last three days. Seventeen more people complained of vomiting and diarrhoea.

Village sarpanch claimed that the laboratory reports of samples collected from both the wells reveal that water of both the wells is not fit for drinking. However, health officials denied having received any such report.

The health department, which had long suspected it to be a cholera outbreak, had its doubts confirmed when out of three samples two were found to be positive for cholera.

"Three samples were sent for testing to BJ Medical College in Ahmedabad. Of this two turned positive for cholera," said Dr NJ Patel, chief district health officer of Ahmedabad."

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