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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

India : Further tests to confirm cholera

Via Times of India :

" MUMBAI: Even as health officials try to pass off cases of vomiting and diarrhea among some people in Bhayander (W) as food poisoning, stool samples of the four suspected cholera patients have been sent for the mandatory culture test to put to rest doubts about the highly infectious disease.

Doctors say that the hanging drop diagnostic test to establish cholera, though considered a provisional report, is sufficient to establish cholera and begin treatment. "The stool culture test puts a stamp on what is already known. Instead of arguing over whether it is food poisoning or not,

The samples should have been sent for the test earlier," a doctor said.

Bhayander resident Charmi Shah (15) allegedly died of cholera and the hanging drop test performed on her sample was positive. The 15-year-old Bhayander girl Charmi Shah died of cholera. Her hanging test was positive."

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