Rayagada, Aug 5
A 32-year-old woman and her 10-year old son died of suspected cholera in Rayagada district on Sunday. The deaths occurred on a day when doctors confirmed the presence of vibrio cholera bacteria in nine out of 10 rectal swab samples tested.
The district administration is yet to attribute the deaths to cholera. “The mother and son duo was admitted to Gunupur hospital with gastroenteritis on Saturday. They left the hospital without informing the authorities the same evening. The reason behind their deaths is yet to be ascertained,” said collector (Rayagada) Sashi Bhusan Padhi, who along with CDMO (Rayagada) P K Das, left for Gunupur in the evening to take stock of the situation.
“It could also be a case of food poisoning. The reason behind the deaths could be confirmed only after examining their medical reports,” Padhi said.
Barua and his family hail from Kashipur in Rayagada, but they were staying at Gulmunda village in Ramnaguda block for the past few months and engaged in cotton cultivation.
The Rayagada collector claimed the cholera situation was under control with no new cases reported.
“All eight cholera patients are undergoing treatment. Drinking water sources in the affected areas have been sanitized to contain the disease,” he said.
Five out of the nine cholera patients are from Padmapur block, three from Pitamahal and one from Srinivasnagar area in the town.