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Friday, August 5, 2011

Pakistan : Gastro outbreak- Three cases of cholera emerge in Mansehra

Via The Express Tribune :

" MANSEHRA : Three patients have been diagnosed with cholera, while hundreds of others are suffering from gastroenteritis in different parts of Mansehra district. These reports emerged from a pathological analysis carried out at the National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, health officials told The Express Tribune here on Wednesday.

Following the outbreak of gastroenteritis in parts of Mansehra, local health authorities had sent samples from some of the patients to NIH for analysis. Three patients — all of them adults belonging to Shahkehl Garhi, Dara and Sheikh Abad villages — were found to be infected with vibrio cholerae, a bacterium that causes cholera, according to official sources. Cholera is an infection of the small intestine and primarily induces watery diarrhoea and vomiting, symptoms that overlap with gastroenteritis, a disease which is comparatively easier to treat.

Dr Niaz Muhammad, Medical Superintendent King Abdullah Hospital, confirmed that three patients had been diagnosed with cholera. However, he said, all three have been treated and have recovered."

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