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Cholera in Mysore, India

The city has reported 34 cases of cholera as stated by  Mysore City Corporation officials on Wednesday 4th April. In reponse  the district health department intends to penalise hoteliers who have not followed the checklist given to them on treating water before serving it to customers. Severe restrictions are being enforced on the sale of food from cart vendors, juice stalls and sweetmeat shops. The district health department has also sent a public advisory to residents to drink treated and boiled water and cover their food.

From the newspaper reports it appears that his outbreak is largely waterborne and visitors can prevent infection by careful attention to water and food hygiene. Additional protection can be achieved by the use of the oral cholera vaccine Dukoral but this does not obviate the need for drinking only boiled or treated water and avoiding iced drinks.

 

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