Monday, November 29, 1999

Cholera claims three lives in Tamil Nadu

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Theni (TN), May 16 (PTI) An outbreak of cholera has claimed three lives and affected more than 160 people in Uthamapalayam belt in the district, officials said today. A labourer and a house wife of Pannaipuram village died late last night at Theni Government Medical College Hospital, hospital sources said. One person died on Friday. Water contamination at two pumping stations of a drinking water scheme for the region was behind the outbreak of cholera, they said quoting a report by health department. More than 160 people had been admitted to various hospitals, they said, adding over 140 people had been treated for gastroenteritis in Chinamanur area. The contamination was caused by mixing of sewage water with Periyar River water at Uthamapalayam, the source for the drinking water scheme, Revenue department officials said. Tests of water samples from the two pumping stations at P C Patti and Cunnur showed contamination. "There was 0.3 per cent of faecal material in the samples." The officials said District Collector P Muthuveeran had ordered cleaning of all water pumping stations and prevent sewage water mixing with the drinking water source. Hospital sources said they had shortage of beds in Uthamapalayam, Cumbum and Periyakulam. However, there was no shortage of medicines. Deputy Director (Infection prevention) Jeyakumar, who conducted a detailed inspection of the affected areas, has issued instructions for bringing the infection under control. PTI Corr SSN VS.

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