Contaminated water supply causes major outbreak of gastroenteritis in Nepal

In the Ramechhap district, water supplies contaminated with typhoid and other bacteria have resulted in hundreds of people becoming ill with gastroenteritis. Around 8 to 10 patients are admitted to the district hospital every day, some of whom are in critical conditions.

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Advice For Travellers

Travellers in the affected area can reduce the risk of exposure to the many germs that cause intestinal illness (such as cholera, E.coli, salmonella, and many viruses) by avoiding consumption of contaminated food and water (especially when sold by street vendors) and by practising careful personal hygiene with frequent hand washing.

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