Jaundice outbreak in Maharashtra: 12 dead, 3,000 affected

On Thursday, the figure of those infected with jaundice stood at 3,300 patients and with 503 new cases in the last four days, the figure has gone to 3,803 patients.

hidden June 19, 2012 13:23:18 IST
Jaundice outbreak in Maharashtra: 12 dead, 3,000 affected

Kolhapur (Maharashtra): More than 500 new cases of jaundice have been reported from the textile town of Ichalkaranji in Kolhapur district in the last four days and the disease has killed at least 12 people in the last one month, officials said on Monday.

Kolhapur health department suspect that the consumption of contaminated water of Panchganga river by the people is the cause behind the recent rise in cases of jaundice in Ichalkaranji.

"Since May 15, there have been 3,803 cases of jaundice in the city and so far 12 people have already succumbed to the disease," a city health official told IANS.

Ichalkaranji is 40 km from the district headquarters of Kolhapur and 450 km from Mumbai.

Jaundice outbreak in Maharashtra 12 dead 3000 affected

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On Thursday, the figure of those infected with jaundice stood at 3,300 patients and with 503 new cases in the last four days, the figure has gone to 3,803 patients.

Over 1,500 patients have been treated and discharged since 15 May, while over 300 patients are still under medical care in hospitals across the city. Over 70 pregnant women have also been hit with jaundice so far, the official said.

A pregnant lady doctor Deepali Admuthe and a government official, Krishna Chavan had also succumbed to jaundice.

All schools have been declared closed till 22 June.

The town gets it water supply from two rivers namely Panchganga and Krishna.

"Water supply from Krishna has been stopped since last two months owing to repair work and we suspect that the contaminated water of Panchganga is the cause of the disease," Dr Harshala Vedak, Kolhapur's district health officer told IANS.

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