Cholera death toll in Rourkela rises to six | Bhubaneswar News – Times of India

Cholera death toll in Rourkela rises to six | Bhubaneswar News - Times of India

Bhubaneswar/Rourkela: Laboratory tests on Monday confirmed a cholera outbreak in Rourkela, taking the toll to six.
The bacteria, which causes cholera, causes moderate to severe diarrhea. About 600 and 20 cases of diarrhea have been reported in the Steel City in the last one week. The patient are important.
In the past, cholera outbreaks were usually reported from remote areas of Rayagada and Malkangiri districts but not in cities or towns. In July last year, a cholera outbreak claimed seven lives in Rayagada district.
Samples from patients admitted to Rourkela Government Hospital (RGH) were collected by microbiologists of Sundergarh Medical College on Saturday and Sunday. “Tests revealed that some of the patients were infected with cholera (caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae), while others had E. coli,” said Dr Sudha Pradhan, director-in-charge, RGH.
Dr Sudha Pradhan added, “Only a handful of reports have been negative. The cause of the spread of infection is being investigated by various agencies.”
Sarojini Khandait (49) of Naya Bazar here, who was referred to Spat General Hospital from RGH after her condition deteriorated, died on Monday. About 142 patients are admitted to RGH, officials said.
He said that cases of diarrhea have been reported from 19 wards under Rourkela Municipal Corporation. (RMC). Cases were reported from Deogaon, Kasantula, Kalinga Vihar, Chhand, Basanti Colony, Railway Colony, MS Pally, Balughat, STI Square, Aditya Nagar, Plant Site and Nala Road.
PK Mohanty, General Manager, Water Corporation of Odisha (Watco) said, “We detected leakages in water supply pipes at 37 locations, of which 35 have been repaired. The rest will be repaired by the Sewerage Board,” he said.
Draining water from Watco. Berhani river For storage plants of 18 and 55 million liters per day (MLD) capacity at Pinposh. Both these plants supply piped water to the residents of RMC area. Water is also being extracted from the agency. Quail River 4.8 MLD plant at Koilnagar and 2 MLD plant at Jharpani to supply water to these areas. “We are yet to find the source of the contamination. Water samples have been sent for culture,” added Mohanty.
Dr SK Pareda, Health Officer, RMC, said that teams of civic health officials are distributing medicines in different areas and teams of civic bodies are carrying out sanitation work. A two-member team of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program under the Director of Public Health has been deployed in Rourkela to assess the situation and liaise with doctors.

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