A 30-year-old man died of suspected jaundice at Jilundi near Bhanjangar, leading people to err on caution fearing an outbreak of the water borne disease. A medical team, led by additional district medical officer (public health) Pitambar Das, on Saturday went to the affected area. They also collected blood and urine samples from suspected patients after a door-to-door survey.
"The villagers are being sensitized to improve cleanliness and consume safe drinking water, preferably boiled. Whether the water is contaminated will be known after the test," said ADMO Das. Several people from the village are reportedly suffering from the disease.
"The cause of the death will be confirmed only after verification of records and his past medical history," said Chief District Medical Officer (in-charge) Uma Kanta Mishra.
Last month, a 22-year-old youth of Patrapur district died in the hospital while being treated for jaundice.
Berhampur is considered vulnerable to water borne diseases as there are several pipes passing though drains. The Municipal Corporation authorities have said that they have taken measures to prevent the spread of the disease. They are also spreading awareness on the harmful effects of consuming street food.