TIRUCHI: Over 75 inmates of the Tiruchi Central Prisons were taken ill with complaints of acute diarrhoea on Sunday. Two of them tested positive for cholera. Food poisoning and water contamination were suspected to be the causes of the illness. Health and prison authorities initiated precautionary measures in the prison, which has 2,500 inmates. Fifteen prisoners were admitted to the K.A.P. Viswanatham Government Medical College Hospital here after being brought to the hospital over the past 48 hours. Sixteen others are undergoing treatment in the prison hospital, while 43 others have been treated as outpatients. Prison authorities said the incidence came to light on Saturday morning when some prisoners complained of diarrhoea.
Hindu, Jan 16, 2006