Panic gripped Kancheepuram, 75 km west of Chennai, on Saturday as news of four to seven dying due to a cholera spread in the region. But the news was “is incorrect”, Santosh K. Mishra, Kancheepuram District Collector, told
He said there has been an “outbreak of diarrhoea” in three municipal wards of Kancheepuram. Adding that nearly 300 people complaining of nausea and diarrhoea had come to the district hospital, but most of have been discharged after treatment. There are 100 inpatients in the hospital, including 30 children, for treatment and their condition “is stable”, Mishra, who visited them in hospital, said.
On the cholera-related deaths, he said: “it is not fair to club those deaths with this disease outbreak.” However, one of the 10 water samples, sent to the King Institute in Chennai for testing, showed it was contaminated.