KATHMANDU, May 13 (Bernama) -- A total of 40 police personnel
entrusted with guarding Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Nepali
capital Kathmandu fell ill en masse due to food poisoning, China's Xinhua
news agency quoted The Himalayan Times daily's report Wednesday.
According to Dr Gajananda P Bhandari, epidemiologist and coordinator of
Special Health Desk set up at TIA, the police personnel were immediately
referred to Nepal Police Hospital on Tuesday after they complained of
diarrhoea, fever and nausea and their condition deteriorated.
"All the police personnel used to share a cafeteria. Probably, they had
eaten pumpkin curry and pickle of radish and potato unfit for human
consumption which caused them food poisoning," Bhandari was quoted by
the daily as saying.
He further explained that they were confirmed to be suffered from dysentery
after laboratory test of their stool.
He urged the general public not to confuse the dysentery with flu virus
A/H1N1. "I would like to urge the public not to panic as we have
succeeded in reining the outbreak of dysentery", said Dr Bhandari.
"35 out of 40 police personnel rushed to hospital have been discharged
after providing needful medications and five of them are still lying in bed.
They have yet to contain the fever and dehydration," he said adding that
it was also a water-borne disease in the summertime.
At least 323 police personnel are guarding the country's only international
airport. Health officials have intensified their vigil at the airport to
prevent further outbreak of communicable disease.
According to the daily, the Ministry of Health and Population has taken
further measures to thwart the possible spread of the A/ H1N1 flu virus.