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Three die, over 300 suffering from acute gastroenteritis in Nagaland

The outbreak occurred August 3 in Wanching village under Mon district bordering Myanmar.

Written by Agencies |Published : August 8, 2017 10:11 AM IST

Three people have died and over 300 people are under medical treatment from an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) in Nagaland, an official said on Monday. The outbreak occurred August 3 in Wanching village under Mon district bordering Myanmar, said medical official Nyanthung Kikon. "There have been 316 cases of AGE, out of which 30 patients required admission and three of them have died," he said, adding that seven medical teams have been mobilised to contain the outbreak.

The department's Information, Education and Communication wing has also put in action to spread education on proper hygiene, consumption and boiled water, hand washing and other preventive measures, he added. He thanked the Assam Rifles personnel, stationed at Wakching, for their cooperation and assistance in the logistics for enabling smooth conduct for health care delivery to the affected village and areas. Gastroenteritis is the irritation and inflammation of the inner lining of the stomach and small intestine. It could be due to a viral, bacterial or parasitic infection and can lead to severe vomiting and diarrhoea. The most common cause of gastroenteritis in children is Rotavirus. Gastroenteritis is most commonly transmitted through contaminated food or water. It can also transmit from close contact with an infected individual. An overflow of sewage lines on the roads during the monsoons can cause further spread of the causative organism. Open defecation is another common reason that causes the spread of the condition through flies and other pests. Read here How to protect yourself from gastroenteritis this monsoon

Source: IANS

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