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According to health officials, it was not clear whether the infection was an indigenously acquired one as the patient had a travel history of visiting Bangalore recently.
So far, five patients had been infected with `Ogawa' strain of vibriocholera.
Meanwhile, 25 suspected cholera cases were under observation at the General Hospital. As many as 12 cases had been referred from Tiruvallam alone. The other cases were sourced from Vazhithadam (2), Vellayani (3), and one each from Vizhinjam, Karickakam, Kuttichal, Pangappara, Poonthura and Malayinkeezh.
The stool samples of the patients were being investigated at the Microbiological Department of the Medical College.
District health officials had also collected nine water samples, which included water from the Vellayani lake, a borewell, stored water and pipe water from affected areas.
The samples had been handed over to the Public Health Laboratory for identifying the pathogen.
A team comprising K. Ramamoorthi, Health Secretary, V.K. Rajan, Director of Health Services, and E.K. Madhavan, District Medical Officer, is scheduled to visit Tiruvallam on Thursday as the bulk of the suspected cholera cases have been reported from there.
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