Angul district has reported the first case of cholera of the season prompting the Health Department to rush its logistics to the region. Of the two samples, sent to the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), one collected from Sarvapur under Bantala CHC was tested positive on Thursday.
The Health Department took up investigation after a villager died in Sarvapur earlier last month. With more cases of severe diarrhoea reported, it also made a ground survey to find that villagers have been drawing water from dug wells which has led to the spread.
‘’We have ordered disinfection of all kinds of water sources __ wells, dug wells as well as tube-wells in the region. However, the primary sources of contamination seems to be the dug wells,’’ State Disease Surveillance Officer Dr Pramila Baral said.
So far, three diarrhoeal deaths have been reported from the region in July alone.