Undiagnosed Food-borne disease – India

June 29, 2021 – Reported diarrheal outbreak in Pehar Kalan village in Paitiala resulted in 20 infected and ill individuals and three hospitalizations. Similar cases were reported from the Pehar Khurd village.

Specific diarrheal disease not identified in this source.

Suspected origin of transmission is from the consumption of contaminated water from the Pehar Kalan village, according to the source. Access to this water source has been put on hold as health officials are collecting samples for analysis. Samples include seven different water samples and four stool samples. 234 households are being surveyed for further investigation and water is being provided to the village through controlled distribution.

Officials state that it is likely the water system may have faulty connections that mix sewage water with clean water supply. Other suspected causes may be leakage in the water system. Issues with a waters tank are also being addressed and plans for repairs are in place.

Camps have been set up as treatment centers for affected individuals. Treatment includes chorine packets and ORS tablets. Outbreak was discovered when participants of a pulse polio drive complained of symptoms of diarrhea.

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