Cholera has reappeared in Kerala after a gap of four years

Cholera outbreak in Kerala health officials advise caution
news Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 10:10

Cholera has reappeared in Kerala after a gap of four years. The disease was last reported in 2012.

This time many cases have been reported from Malappuram, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Palakkad districts. Such a massive outbreak of cholera has not been reported since 2005, though there were a few isolated cases in 2009 and 2012.

As per unconfirmed reports from the health department, almost 25 cases have been reported from Malappuram alone. There were also reports that almost 80 people showed symptoms of cholera at Pattancherry in Palakkad district.

In Malappuram, health officials found that most of the affected people had taken food from two restaurants in particular, that have now been closed down by the authorities.

“We should be very careful about the sources of food and water. Cholera cases are on the rise in the state. Monsoon, catalysis aid its spread. Cannot say exact number of cases, we are checking on it,” District Medical Officer Ummer Farooq told The News Minute.

All medicines, including doxycycline and oral rehydration salts have been made available at all primary health centres in the district, he added.

Health officials stress on personal hygiene and urge the use of only boiled water.