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Year : 1986  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 221-228

Etiology Of The 1984 Dysentery Outbreak Of West Bengal


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An epidemic of dysentery afflicted people of West Bengal during the drought of late March1984. It started as post measles dysentery in December 1983 and continued till September 1984. Relentless outpouring of new cases unsatisfactory response to antibacterial (s), predilection for the 0 to 5 year age group and only 2% mortality were the highlights of this outbreak. Enteroinvasive E.coli 0152 (12.4%) and S. dysenteriae 1(9%) proved to be the major pathogens during April to July 1984, S dysenteriae 1 revealed peak incidence with the onset of monsoon and disappeared after the first week of July. Enteroinvasive E.coli marched ahead throughout the study period. Barring the in vitro susceptibility to furazolidone, gentamicin and to a large extent to nalidixic acid, the major agents were multidrug resistant.






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