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Jakarta Post

Diarrhea kills two in South Sulawesi

  • Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

Makassar   /   Thu, October 7 2010   /  09:32 am

A recent diarrhea outbreak has killed two and hospitalized more than 40 in Benteng district, Selayar Islands regency, South Sulawesi, a local doctor says.

Physician Muhammad Fadli Jaya Lantara said 17 patients were receiving treatment for diarrhea at Selayar Hospital.

“We have treated a total of 42 patients for diarrhea since Sept. 30. We received one more patient this morning,” Fadli said Tuesday.

Local residents Junaidi and Miranti, 3, died from diarrhea on Sunday, according to reports.

Patients reported similar symptoms when admitted to Selayar Hospital: stomachaches, defecation problems and vomiting.

“In the early stages of the epidemic, we received patients who were mostly school children. We assumed they might have consumed unhygienic snacks. Later adults and also toddlers were also sent to the hospital,” Fadli said.

The disease mig...