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Kozhikode: An expert team from the Department of Community Medicine and Microbiology of Kozhikode Medical College confirmed that the cause of diarrhoeal deaths at Koduvelikkunnu Tribal Colony in Wayanad was indeed cholera. After a thorough investigation on June 25, the specialists' team identified the pathogen as Vibrio Cholera, El-tor Ogawa.
The team recommended an immediate search for similar cases in the colonies and vicinity with the help of health workers and volunteers and early treatment of the detected cases with ORS and Doxycyclin. It said that local health centres should be equipped to treat the cases. Temporary treatment centres should be set up to avoid risk of transmission during transportation of patients.
Drinking water should be disinfected daily by chlorination and only boiled water should be consumed.
The team also recommended long-term measures including construction of latrines in tribal colonies.
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