Cholera outbreak: Two confirmed cases, 22 suspected cases in Kerala | Kerala News
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Cholera outbreak: Two confirmed cases, 22 suspected cases in Kerala | Kerala News

Thiruvananthapuram: Besides two confirmed cholera cases, 22 people are showing symptoms of the disease in Kerala, health officials told Onmanorama on Thursday. Of the 22 suspected cases, 14 are at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital, two are undergoing treatment at SAT Hospital and six at Iranimuttom Community Health Centre.

Two boarding students of Karunya Mission Special School (an old age home) tested positive for the bacterial disease on Wednesday. The two men, both aged above 20, are currently admitted to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital and the isolation ward of the Iranimuttom Community Health Centre respectively.

With these cases, the number of cholera cases in the private nursing home has reached three. In addition to these three cases, eight other people in the facility have shown symptoms of cholera.
On Tuesday, the health department confirmed a cholera outbreak in the hostel after a 10-year-old boy, admitted to SAT Hospital in critical condition, tested positive for the disease. Meanwhile, a suspected cholera death was also reported: Anu (26), a lodger of the same hostel, died after suffering from diarrhoea on July 5.

Health Minister Veena George said that preventive measures have been stepped up in the Neyyattinkara area after some residents of the boarding school of the private special school went to the hospital for treatment due to cholera symptoms. On the instructions of the minister, the deputy director of health services visited the spot and assessed the situation.

The Health Minister has ordered that samples of people with symptoms be sent for testing as soon as possible. Facilities have been set up in the isolation ward of Iranimuttom Hospital to treat cholera patients. The statement said some residents of nursing homes have returned home and will be monitored.

If they or their family members show symptoms, their samples will be tested and treatment will be given. Some children from a school attached to the facility have also complained of cholera symptoms and will receive specialized care. Preventive measures have also been put in place at the school.