Epidemic Hazard – Asia – India

EDIS Number: EH-20120409-34816-IND
Date / time: 09/04/2012 03:18:07 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Asia
Country: India
State/County: State of Madhya Pradesh
Location: [Raisen District]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A


Chandoriya village in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh is down with chicken pox. Over the past 10 days, the virus has spread through the dalit-dominated hamlet situated about 120km north of the state capital. The district administration on Sunday morning rushed a medical team to Chandoriya. The team of doctors, nurses and paramedics was taken to the spot by sub-divisional magistrate Buta Singh Ebena and block medical officer Dr J P Patel. The situation went out of control as villagers had more faith in local quacks than the state government hospital and health centres. Villagers believed the disease came as the blessing of a goddess and the health workers preferred to look away. Every house in the village, with a population of about a thousand, has someone infected with symptoms including high fever, headache and itchy blisters all over the body. No one in the village knows if the children were administered the chicken pox vaccine. Residents of the village claimed that at least 450 people including 60 children were affected by the disease. Going from house to house, the medical team spent more than four hours checking every patient and identified the condition of 19 including five infants as critical. Hamraj Lariya, teacher of a village primary school, said: "People here are not aware of the risks of chicken pox. They refused to isolate the infected children from others. '' The school teacher said that the situation worsened after children came to appear for the year ending tests with chicken pox. The virus spread through the school. SDM Ebena claimed that the situation was under control. "There is no such emergency at the moment. We took a team of doctors and paramedics and the patients are being given appropriate medical attention. Two to three families are seriously affected. Eighteen children are under observation. But there is nothing to panic,'' the SDM said.

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