Cholera, diarrhoea claim two more lives, affected 609

The Orissa government rushed additional medical teams, health department sources said.

Updated: Sep 11, 2010, 23:14 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: With the death toll in
diarrhoea and cholera rising to 37 with two more persons dying
and the number of affected rising to 609 today in worst-hit
Rayagada district, the Orissa government rushed additional
medical teams, health department sources said.

Of the two deaths one occurred in Kashipur and another
in Bissam Katak block, the sources said.

Joint director, health, Bikas Patnaik said that
additonal doctors, para-medical staff along with logistics had
been sent to contain the situation.

Stating that use of contaminated water was the main
reason behind the spread of diarrhoea and cholera in the area,
Patnaik said the state government was taking steps to purify
water sources including springs from where tribals drew
drinking water.

Additional temporary health centers had been opened at
Kashipur, Kalyansinghpur and Bissam Katak blocks.

PTI