Water contamination: 20 more cases reported

Water contamination: 20 more cases reported

The number of people hospitalised due to diarrhoea, vomiting and gastroenteritis, in Jakkalli village of H D Kote taluk, increased to 93. On Wednesday, as many as 20 people were hospitalised after suffering from digestive disorders.

District Health Officer, S M Malegowda, who visited the village on Wednesday, said that water contamination had caused digestive ailments among the people of the village. “The pipeline which was supplying water to the village had broken and has mixed with the drainage, as drainage pipe was located close to the water supply pipeline,” he said.

Repair works

Since the pipeline is under a cement road, the road had to be dug to carry out repair works. Alternate arrangements, with the help of water tankers, was being made to ensure drinking water supply for the villagers, he said.

However, Malegowda said that the works would be completed soon.

The village has more than 400 houses. The village had first recorded cases of diarrhoea, vomiting and gastroenteritis on April 11. The number of people suffering from digestive ailments had shot to 73 by April 16.

Preliminary investigation by the department of Health and Family Welfare had suspected either food poisoning or water contamination for the disease.

Villagers affected by water contamination are being treated at Hebbalugudde and H D Kote Health Centres.

Water supply in the faulty pipeline has been cut off and repair work is under progress, said Malegowda.

Three cholera cases reported

 With three new cases of Cholera reported, the number of people who have been affected from cholera, since April 1, increased to 20 on Wednesday.

All the three cases of Cholera were reported in Mysore taluk, with two cases reported in rural areas of the taluk, while one case was reported within city limits.

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