Suspected cholera kills 3

Residents of Malayappanakoppalu village being treated at a government hospital in Hassan taluk. DH Photo

Three of the 45 people from Malayappanakoppalu village in the taluk, who were being treated for suspected cholera at a hospital for the past two days, died on Sunday.
The condition of two others is said to be critical.

Shruti (18), Mallamma (85) and Hulikere Basavalingappa (65) are the dead.

Shruti and Basavalingappa were receiving treatment at two different private hospitals in Hassan. Mallamma was admitted at a government hospital. The condition of Lokesh (26) and Shivanna (52) who are receiving treatment at a government hospital has worsened.

Residents of Malayappanakoppalu village took ill after they consumed food at a function organised by a family on Thursday. By Friday evening, as many as 20 people were hospitalised. By Saturday, the number of those admitted to hospitals rose to 45.
The deaths of three people has led to panic among the residents of Malayappanakoppalu village.

Unkempt water tank

A badly maintained water tank in the village was suspected to be the cause for the breakout of cholera. Water stored in drums that had earlier been used to store pesticides could also have led to the breakout of cholera, observed the villagers.

However, the actual reason behind the breakout will be ascertained only after the lab results are out.

“Since Sunday there has been no admission of fresh cases. Those admitted at the hospital are recovering fast. Essential medicines are being supplied to the village,” Dr Naveen, taluk medical officer, said.

District surveillance officer Dr Hemalata said they were also suspected cases of cholera.
But, the lab report would be secured on Monday, she said.

Shruti died of gastroenteritis. She was the granddaughter of the person whose death ceremony the villagers attended and fell ill. However, the cause of death of the other two  is yet to be ascertained.

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