Bacteriological analysis of water samples from tsunami hit coastal areas of Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu

Rajendran, P.; Murugan, S.; Raju, S.; Sundararaj, T.; Kanthesh, B. M.; Reddy, E. V.
April 2006
Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology;Apr2006, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p114
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Water borne diseases such as cholera, enteric fever and dysentery were expected after the tsunami, which hit the coastal areas of Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu. In the present study 151 drinking water sources were collected from the tsunami affected villages and relief shelters and tested for coliforms and pathogens. Nine well water samples were also collected for specific bacteriological analysis. Presence of coliforms was detected in 56 (37%) water samples. One isolate each of Salmonella Paratyphi B and NAG Vibrio were isolated from two well water samples. There was no report of acute diarrhoeal diseases or typhoid illness during the post tsunami period monitored by a field microbiology laboratory for a month.


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