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Heatwave brings in summer of discomfort.

THE extreme heatwave sweeping across the city has caused an outbreak of cholera and other water- borne diseases even as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi ( MCD) readies to face the worst.

As many as 79 cases of cholera have been reported and other diseases such as gastroenteritis and diarrhoea besides heat stroke, skin and eye disorders have witnessed a considerable upsurge because of the heat wave, officials and doctors said.

What is most troubling the MCD officials is cholera, a water- borne disease that is affecting citizens because of impure water.

" While our hospitals are treating the ever increasing cases of cholera, residents from all across the Capital are complaining about dirty water being supplied to their homes," Dr V. K. Monga, chairman health committee, MCD, said.

" We have already registered 79 cases of cholera but the worst is yet to come. This number is more than the previous year. Last year the cases in June were restricted to 35 to 40," Dr Monga said.

He explained that cholera is an infection in the small intestine caused by the bacterium vibrio cholera. " The transmission of this disease occurs primarily by drinking contaminated water or eating food that has been contaminated by the faeces of an infected person. Diarrhoea can lead to rapid dehydration and electrolyte imbalance and even death at times." A majority of the complaints being received by MCD officials are from north and west Delhi.

Delhi's temperature is hovering between 45 to 46 degree Celsius everyday, preparing grounds for other diseases as well. The commonest of all is the heat stroke.

" Children, athletes, diabetics, alcoholics and those not used to extreme heat and sun are more susceptible.

Primarily, the body temperature becomes very high in this condition. Other symptoms are rapid heartbeat, elevated or lowered blood pressure, irritability, confusion or unconsciousness, disorientation, feeling dizzy or light- headed, headache, nausea, vomiting and fainting," Dr Misra said.

Cases of gastroenteritis, Diarrhoea and skin diseases have increased manifold in the summers. Government hospitals are reporting 40 to 50 cases of gastroenteritis every day.

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Date:Jun 5, 2012
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