Thursday, May 24, 2012

CAPpings: Corrosion causes contamination of drinking water with sewer leading to Gastroenteritis outbreak in Bangalore

Corrosion causes contamination of drinking water with sewer leading to Gastroenteritis outbreak in Bangalore



A day after 12 patients were admitted to a private hospital with suspected gastroenteritis (GE), health officials on Wednesday insisted the situation was “under control” even as four new cases were reported.

Of these four, two were admitted to K.C. General and two to a private hospital (Lakshmi Nursing Home) in Ramachandrapuram. According to K. Annamalai, Medical Director, Lakshmi Nursing Home, all the 12 patients admitted on Tuesday have been discharged. Two new cases were admitted Wednesday evening, while 11 others were treated as out-patients. The two patients have been put on fluids as they were suffering from dehydration.

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R. Surendra, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike's (BBMP) Deputy Health Officer (Gandhinagar), told The Hindu two patients were admitted to K.C. General Hospital Tuesday night and discharged on Wednesday. He attributed the rise in GE cases to drinking water being contaminated with sewage.

“The patients were mostly from the Okalipuram slum. The slum-dwellers have drawn illegal [water] connections and the underground drainage system is not sound. As the water pipeline is corroded, the chances of sewage mixing with drinking water are high.”

Article Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/article3377846.ece
Publication Date: 04 May 2012

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