Those affected are from B.M. Srinagar area
MYSORE: A large number of people, including women and children, have taken ill in B.M. Srinagar in the city from an outbreak of gastroenteritis. It has been attributed to consumption of contaminated drinking water.
Though officials have estimated that the number of people affected by gastroenteritis in Ambedkar Gnanaloka and Karakushalanagar in B.M. Srinagar is around 70, volunteers of Dr. Ajay Memorial Drinking Water Foundation, who visited the affected area on Tuesday, said more than 300 people have fallen ill with the epidemic.
Confirming the outbreak of gastroenteritis, Health Officer of Mysore City Corporation (MCC) Nagaraj told The Hindu that eight people had been admitted to the Epidemic Diseases Hospital in Metagalli on KRS Road since Monday with complaints of vomiting and diarrhoea. However, he said 70 people have been confirmed to have gastroenteritis and are being treated at a temporary clinic set up in the affected locality.
“As a precautionary measure, we have discontinued supply of drinking water through the taps and are meeting their drinking water requirements through tankers. Water samples have been collected and sent to the laboratory for tests to check for contamination. It may take about two days for the reports to come through,” Dr. Nagaraj said.
He said he had already spoken to the officials of Vani Vilas Water Works (VVWW), who supply drinking water to the city, to take up “super chlorination” of water that is supplied to the area. MCC officials are conducting a door-to-door campaign in the locality, advising people to drink water only after boiling it. “The situation is under control,” he said.
But volunteers of Dr. Ajay Memorial Drinking Water Foundation, a NGO, said the outbreak of gastroenteritis in the area had assumed “epidemic” proportions. ““About 190 cases of gastroenteritis have been registered on Tuesday ,” said Prof. Ramalingam, president of the foundation.
He said the source of contamination had also been identified by the foundation and the matter had been brought to the notice of the VVWW officials. “There is mixing of drinking water with drainage water in the area,” Prof. Ramalingam said.