Kerala Alert : Highly contagious disease spread in Kozhikode

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A highly contagious intestinal disease is on spread in Kerala’s Kozhikode. The health department announced alert message as an 11-year-old boy has died and many have been hospitalised.

Shigellosis is a highly contagious intestinal disease spread through contaminated water or stale food. An infected person shows minor symptoms on initial days but it may show acute symptoms in a week. The main symptoms of the infection include diarrhoea, containing blood or mucus in stool, stomach pain, fever and vomiting.

Six people were confirmed to be infected by shigellosis so far. 26 cases were suspected as infected and but some of them were discharged later. Kerala state health department said there was no need for panic everyone follow the instructions and maintain strict personal hygiene. Health minister KK Shailaja has assured that effective measures will be taken soon.

All houses and eateries, including hotels in the affected areas are being inspected. District health authorities have started  super-chlorination of wells and collection of water and food for detailed lab examination. People are asked to drink only boiled water and maintain strict personal hygiene. A medical camp has organised by the health department in the last two days and 150 people attended the medical camp.

The disease can be also be transmitted after using a common toilet and by having sexual relations with a person who has recently recovered from shigellosis.

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