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Diarrhoea outbreak: 28 hospitalised in Kolkata

At least 28 people have been hospitalised with diarrhoea and many affected by the disease in the Jadavpur area allegedly due to contamination of the water supplied by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

Mayor of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) Sovan Chatterjee, however, denied that the contamination of drinking water was the reason behind the outbreak of the disease.

The affected wards are mostly located in Patuli, Jadavpur, Santoshpur, Baghajatin and some places in the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, a senior KMC official said.

“Since yesterday [Saturday], about 270 people (with symptoms of diarrhoea) from Jadavpur have come to the Baghajatin State General Hospital. However, only 28 were admitted,” said Mr. Chatterjee. He also said that the KMC had collected water samples from 82 places for testing.

KMC officials also collected water samples from the water treatment plants at Dhapa and the Garden Reach area of the city for testing. It has also sent water tankers to the affected areas.

With the outbreak of the disease, residents have stopped taking water supplied by the KMC and started buying packaged drinking water.

Meanwhile, doctors at the Baghajatin State General Hospital said that they cannot accommodate more patients. Patients with symptoms of diarrhoea were being referred to other hospitals.

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