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Pigs the main villains in spreading cholera

by 5m Editor
20 September 2007, at 10:30am

INDIA - The debate on the outbreak of cholera in Koraput district has been put to rest with the officials concerned citing the possibility of pigs acting as the ‘main villain’ in the entire episode.

The tribal areas recorded about 200 deaths and 30,000 attacks within a short duration.

Earlier, the doctors and scientific teams had blamed the water bodies for the spread of cholera in an epidemic form in Kashipur and Dasmantpur villages.

Medical sources said the disease continued to spread to other villages even after the water, considered to be the carrier of cholera, was treated regularly in the past 15 days.

About 70 cholera cases continued to be reported daily even after the treatment of water bodies leading to the apprehension of involvement of some other elements. Regular treatment of the water bodies should have eradicated the spores, medical sources claimed. On investigation, it came to light that around 100 villages which fall under the worst-affected Kashipur, Dasmantpur and Laxmipur villages have pigs. Pigs and humans live under one roof here resulting in unhygienic surroundings, breeding the spores. Tribals rear pigs for meat as well as sacrifice purposes.

The medical teams observed that pig and man eating in one space even after contracting cholera has increased the risk of attack of the spores among the tribals. The pigs usually tread in filthy places where cholera is rampant.

Source: NewindPress

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