Medical survey held in typhoid-hit Kondotty

Victims seek a study as many have suffered a relapse

May 13, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:47 am IST - MALAPPURAM

: A medical team from Government Medical College, Manjeri, conducted a survey at Nediyiruppu, near Kondotty, where a typhoid outbreak was reported in recent weeks. More than 90 medicos took part in the survey held under the joint banner of the Departments of Community Medicine, Microbiology and General Medicine.

The medical team issued a questionnaire and collected information from all houses in the region. Team leaders said the information would be quantified and analysed before submitting a report to the Health Department.

The victims of the outbreak had appealed to the Medical College authorities for a thorough study in the region as many of them had suffered a relapse after 40 days.

Contaminated water

The enteric fever outbreak, reportedly caused by contaminated water supplied at a wedding reception at Kunnathuparambu in Kondotty municipal limits on March 27, had spread panic among the people.

Hundreds of people who attended the marriage reception had contracted typhoid. Many were admitted to hospitals at Kondotty, Manjeri and Kozhikode.

Some patients showed symptoms of Leptospirosis and one had developed renal problem too.

A team of government medical officers who visited the area had found that the water supplied at the marriage party was contaminated with human excreta.

The contamination, according to Kerala Government Medical Officers Association, could have been caused at any stage.

District Medical Officer V. Ummer Farook said there was nothing to panic as the number of cases had come down.

Allaying concerns

More than 90 medicos took part in the survey

DMO says number of cases has come down

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