Kolkata Outbreak

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists stage a demonstration Feb. 13 in front of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation head office in Kolkata in protest of reports that a diarrhea outbreak was caused by contaminated water. (IANS photo)

KOLKATA — Over 1,100 people have been affected by a diarrhea outbreak, official said Feb. 13, as more reports of diarrhea-like symptoms come in from the areas adjoining the affected wards of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

As many as 10 wards in the corporation in the southern and eastern parts of the city have been affected.

"About 1,150 persons have been affected and 42 have been hospitalized so far," the state Director of Health Services Ajoy Chakraborty said.

According to Chakraborty, the Health Department has approached the School of Tropical Medicine and asked it to test the water in the affected areas.

"Without water-related contamination such outbreak is unlikely to happen. This is due to a common source of infection," said Chakraborty, adding that no deaths have been reported, despite the severity of the outbreak, and that the situation was in control thanks to the "efficiency of healthcare system."

Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee has, however, claimed that there was no evidence of contamination in the water samples collected from various places in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

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