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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

India : After gastro scare, 9 cholera cases in UT

Article via IBN Live :

" PUDUCHERRY: Out of the 106 persons affected by gastroenteritis over the last four days, nine were found to be suffering from cholera.

Briefing newsmen at a press conference Director of Health and Family Welfare Dr K V Raman, on Tuesday, said the patients were from Mudaliarpet, Boomianpet, the two areas affected by water contamination, and three patients from Gorimedu.

In the last three days 91 cases were admitted to the Indira Gandhi GGH and 15 cases to JIPMER with diarrhoea and vomiting. The people in the affected areas were being treated, at special camps, with oral dehydration packets, antibiotics.

A surveillance team comprising members of the department of preventive and social medicine, JIPMER and Public Health wing of the Health department have taken up the task of visiting the areas for eliminating the source.

Further, PWD authorities have been contacted to flush out the water from the pipes in the affected areas and arrest leakages to clear out the source of infection. Broken or rusted pipes are being replaced.

Chlorination of water tanks has been taken up. He also advised schools to chlorinate their water tanks every alternate day."

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