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Times of India
17 July 2010
Shimla, India

With 53 fresh cases of diarrhoea reported in the town on Friday, the total number has gone up to 170. since its outbreak three days ago. The crowded locality of Sanjauli is the worst hit. Health workers are blaming it on use of contaminated water.

State surveillance officer Vinod Mehta said out of the 53 cases, 37 were reported at Sanjauli dispensary, seven at IGMC hospital and nine at Rippon hospital.

"The situation has been contained. Out of the patients who reported ill on Friday, only one has been hospitalized," said Mehta.

The outbreak had claimed the life of a 12–year–old boy two days ago. He was brought dead to the hospital, the health officer stated.

Even as results of water samples sent for laboratory testing are awaited, the surveillance officer ruled out food contamination.

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