Three persons admitted to Kashipur PHC in the first week of August have tested positive for cholera. While they are under treatment, no new cases have been reported so far, said CDMO K V Sashi Bhusan Choudary here on Sunday.
While Kalimani Nayak was admitted to the PHC on August 1, Gurubari Nayak on August 4 and Ganesh Pattajoshi, the next day. They belong to a particular area in Kashipur panchayat.
Stool and water samples were sent to the field unit of the Regional Medical Research Centre here where the trio tested positive for cholera. Steps have been taken to disinfect the area while continuing with the contact treatment. The patients are doing fine, Choudary said.
Samples of water are being collected and sources disinfected in order to contain the outbreak of cholera. The canal water was found to be infected, the CDMO said.
Besides, people in diarrhoea-prone areas such as Nishikal, Bhalumaska and Kuchikal in Kashipur block have been advised not to use canal water.
Meanwhile, Mission Director, NRHM, Promod Meherda has preponed his visit to the district to take stock of the situation. He was expected here on August 27.
Rayagada Police seized 10 kg of ganja from a hotel here on Saturday and arrested a couple. They had reportedly procured the contraband from Raipanga in Gajapati district and were on their way to Nagpur. A case has been registered.