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Gastroenteritis breaks out in Pakistan

By Ernest Dempsey     Aug 24, 2011 in Health
Multan - After afflicting areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the epidemic of gastroenteritis has broken out in Multan (Punjab). Experts believe contaminated water is responsible for the outbreak.
The Express Tribune informs that over 100 people have been infected with gastroenteritis in the Multan district in the past four days and the epidemic continues to spread throughout the area.
Most of the patients reported for having acute diarrhea are children, according to a local medical officer, who also told that there are a lot of gastro-affected patients in the flood zones.
The reason for this latest outbreak of gastroenteritis in Multan is believed to be the broken water supply system. Many water pipes supplying drinking water in the area are being repaired as they have found carrying sewage water mixed with drinking water. Local administration in the area has asked people to boil drinking water until the repair of water pipes is completed.
Earlier this month, three cholera cases were reported from Mansehra district (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) where a gastro outbreak had struck hundreds of people, though the medical service available locally managed to prevent any deaths. In Swat, a diarrhea outbreak affected hundreds of people three days ago and at least two deaths were reported in the Malam Jabba area, attributed to unavailability of emergency treatment. In all these cases, contaminated water from streams and ponds used for drinking is regarded as the cause of the epidemic.
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