posted on Aug, 12 2005 @ 03:47 PM
Thousands of people have crowded Bombay hospitals suffering from water borne diseases that have so far killed 94 people since the areas major flooding
of two weeks ago. The symptoms include stomach cramps, high temperatures, nausea and difficulty in breathing. The diseases such as malaria, typhoid
and leptospirosis, a serious bacterial infection, are believed to have been caused by rotting garbage and animal carcasses left behind by the
flooding. At least 1000 new cases have been reported in the past 36 hours with samples being sent to the Andaman Islands for testing as more and more
cases clog up the hospital system.
Maharashtra's director general of information and public relations, Bhushan Gagrani, said 94 people had died in the past few days in the greater
Bombay area, including neighbouring Kalyan-Dombivali and Thane.
Health officials are still trying to determine the diseases which have caused the deaths. Doctors say the number of patients could rise further
because the symptoms can take days to appear.
Joseph said many blood samples had to be sent to a laboratory in Port Blair on the Andaman Islands, about 1,200 km (800 miles) from the mainland,
because of inadequate testing facilities in Bombay.
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This is a situation that has the potential to spiral out of control. Flooding, rotting garbage, carcasses and severe overcrowding are ideal
conditions for disease to thrive.
Hopefully the situation will ease as more and more health workers arrive in the area to contain the outbreaks and hopefully nothing more serious
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[edit on 13-8-2005 by John bull 1]