Hepatitis A strikes Ramdarbar

Dec 13 2012, 02:30 IST
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SummaryMore than 30 cases of the disease have been reported in the past two days. The affected patients are present in house numbers 700 to 1300. Area councillor Jannat Jahan said there was a leakage in the pipeline in a particular house due to which sewerage was mixing with the water in it

More than 30 cases of the disease have been reported in the past two days. The affected patients are present in house numbers 700 to 1300. Area councillor Jannat Jahan said there was a leakage in the pipeline in a particular house due to which sewerage was mixing with the water in it

There has been an outbreak of Hepatitis A in Ramdarbar with more than 30 cases having been reported in the past two days.

Since Hepatitis A is a water borne disease, water samples are being checked by the Municipal Corporation. Teams from the Sanitation Wing, Public Health Wing as well as the Health Department conducted checks in the area.

After the outbreak of diarrhoea in Mauli Jagran that claimed several lives, this is the second time this year that there has been an outbreak of a water borne disease. Two days back, as many as 19 cases of Hepatitis A were reported. The number has now increased. The affected patients are present in house numbers 700 to 1300.

The houses are supplied water through a tubewell. Water samples were collected by a team from the Municipal Corporation to check for contamination. While the presence of chlorine has already been tested, bacteriological tests will also be done.

Area councillor Jannat Jahan said she had complained about this to the Public Health Department when two cases of jaundice were reported. There was leakage in the pipeline in a particular house due to which sewerage was mixing with water. This was repaired a few days ago, she said.

So far none of the patients have been hospitalized. Chlorine tablets have been distributed by the Health Department. A survey was conducted to ascertain the houses in which the patients were present.

Water samples were collected from here and the adjoining houses. Officials claimed that no contamination was found when the checks were conducted.

In July this year, there had been an outbreak of diarrhoea in Mauli Jagran which had claimed several lives. At that time, the water samples that the MC got tested had passed, while when the same were collected by the Government Medical College and Hospital at Sector 32, some of these failed.

The deaths in Mauli Jagran had created much ruckus in the MC House. However, no lessons seem to have had been learnt from this experience.

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