Via Republica.com: 10 test positive for cholera in Valley. Excerpt:
KATHMANDU, Aug 4: At least10 people admitted to gastro ward of the Sukraraj Tropical and Disease Control Hospital in Kathmandu have tested positive for cholera. The hospital laboratory said Vibrio Cholera belonging to 01 Ogawa serotype was detected in all the patients.
Doctors at hospital attributed the spread of cholera and diarrhea infection in Kathmandu to contaminated water.
The hospital record showed that cholera had been seen in the patients in Teku, Tanchal, Kalimati Swayambhu, Bhimsenthan, Baneshwor and of Rabibhawan.
“Most of the patients who came to the hospital said that they had drunk water supplied by Kathmandu Upatyaka Kahanepani Limited without boiling or treatment,” Tulsha Adhikari, a nursing staff at Gastro ward said. She said whole families had been infected and some were brought to the hospital by their neighbors as all family members were sick.
The hospital said diarrhea patients have been thronging the hospital for the past one month. Following increase in the number of diarrhea patients, the hospital has started separate gastro ward for this monsoon season.
Assistant health worker at the hospital, Shankar Pandey said that eight diarrhea patients were admitted in just two hours on Friday morning. Among them condition of one of the patient is serious.
“The patient was unconscious and blood pressure and pulses level were very low,” he said. The hospital said about 10 to 20 diarrhea patients come to the hospital each day.
Doctors said that people of capital are at risk of the disease as drinking water is not so safe in capital.