Outbreak of cholera; ‘El Tor variant’ due to polluted water

India
September 15, 2010 6:34am CST
Friends, following swine flu, now there is a new form of cholera in my city and state, It is not the classical ‘O1 cholera’ but a new, hybrid form of cholera, known as ‘El Tor variant’. The RMIC (Regional Medical Research Centre’ says it is hybrid of two viruses. Extremely contagious, it can dehydrate your body very fast. An infected person must be admitted within 6 hours to prevent death.So far 178 villages are affected, 991 are already affected and death toll is 39 as per government statistics. But actual number of effected persons is 2000+ and more than 115 are dead. [b]The honorable health minister of state says, ‘Everything is under control’; but this is false, it is spreading rapidly. I just don’t understand why they give false data to the press.[/b]To know more about this new virus, one can see, ‘J. gen. Virol. (1989), 70, 2241-2243. Printed in Great Britain’; the article is, ‘Isolation and Morphological Characterization of El Tor Cholera Phages’ There was an outbreak of cholera El Tor in Hong Kong in 1966. Swine flu was air borne, but this is waterborne. One can see waters of river looks brown, those of ponds green due to algae. Worst thing I observed was the tap water supplied by my Public Health Department has small white germs, the kind we see in old rice, wheat flours, and rotten food. In my family we use the best quality water filter cuum purifier; it is supposed to remove not only dust and dirt but also germs. Well none can remove or kill virus. So how you purify your drinking water? Is the water from the government water tap points safe? Does your place have any outbreak of swine flu or cholera recently? Please comment on this and share your views. Professor
4 responses
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Sep 10
Our water is fine here. I very much worry about the people in Pakistan right now who don't have a decent water supply due to the flooding.
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• India
17 Sep 10
Thanks for the information about flood in Pakistan. Professor. .
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
17 Sep 10
This sounds so terrible and they only tellya what they want to never the whole truth. or the media tells way to much to scare people to their way of thinking. Her we have water purifieing plants the water goes thru a big series of tests and purification before it is let out to the homes but I stil have a purifier on my hhouse tap . People that drink the water here at my house like the taste alot beter thn thier water bottled water. am in hopes this all get cleared up soon
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• India
17 Sep 10
It is still spreading the tv and newspapers say lol Thanks for response. Professor. .
@Hatley (164486)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Sep 10
hi professor wow thats really scary. do take really good care of yourself and your family. We have not had a cholera break out here in many many years.During the winter we had a lot of cases of swine flu but few deaths.I am wondering how your health officials 'there in India are going to decontaminate the water. I know virus are virtually impossible to get rid of. those small white worms you talk about in the water sound like boll weevils, the kind that get in flour and rice.yuck how awful to have in tap water.We mostly drink tap water here and its been heavily chlorineated too. So they say its germ free.Chlorea seldom shows up in the US. Thank God for that. i know that bottled water is probably a bit safer b ut I do not have that kind of money to spend. take ca re, hugs from hatley
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• India
17 Sep 10
Thanks for the kind words and care Madam. Professor. .
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
15 Sep 10
dear professor, that is too bad. people could live longer without electricity but never water. but if you drink a contaminated water.. surely you'll end up with dehydration because you will keep going to the loo.. or worst, to the hospital. the safest way for the water is to boil it. and drink the cooled water later. ann
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• India
17 Sep 10
Hello Anny dear I am told many germs survive in boiling water too, some are killed.. Thanks for response. Professor. .