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Thursday, October 20, 2011

India : Mysterious disease leaves 8 dead, 25 seriously ill

Via Times of India :

" A mysterious disease has left eight persons, including five children, dead and 25 seriously ill here in the past 10 days, even as the health department has initiated measures to prevent its spread.

After testing 50 blood samples, the health department had ruled out malaria and dengue. However, the possibility of food poisoning is yet to be ascertained. According to the villagers, the ailing persons had high fever and felt like vomiting.

The district health department has set up a dispensary in the village, which did not even had a health center. Besides, chlorine tablets are being distributed among residents.

A visit to the village showed people living in unhygienic conditions, with no system to drain out waste water. The village sarpanch, Gulab Singh, said they had written to the authorities many a time, highlighting the plight of the villagers, who due to unhygienic conditions faced the spread of various diseases every year."

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