Monday, June 12, 2006

60 guests treated for mild cholera

NST: ALOR STAR: A wedding feast landed some 60 people, including a three-year-old girl, in hospital recently.
The guests, who were among 300 who attended the wedding on May 31 in Kampung Lepai, Langgar, have been diagnosed with cholera.
They are now quarantined in hospitals in Jitra and Yan here.
The bridal couple and their parents were spared, as their food was prepared separately from that for the guests.
Health authorities were alerted after two guests sought treatment for signs of food poisoning at the Alor Star Hospital on June 1. They tested positive for cholera non-01, a mild strain of the infection.
In Kuala Lumpur, Health Ministry disease control department director Datuk Dr Ramlee Rahmat confirmed the case and said measures were being taken to contain the spread of the disease. This included despatching medical teams to trace the guests at their homes.
"It is difficult to trace the source as the food was prepared via gotong-royong.
"We’ve traced 300 guests, of which 60 tested positive, including three new cases today (yesterday).
"Their treatment will take at least a week. Some have been discharged, while the rest are being treated," Dr Ramlee said.

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