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Odisha records 3368 diarrhoea cases, 29 deaths in 2013

Bhubaneswar: A total of 3368 acute diarrhoea cases were detected out of which 29 died during 2013. Similarly there was 3287 cases of food poisioning and 18 deaths, 119 cases of measles and one death, 345 cases of jaundice and one death, 93 cases of anthrax and no death, 7132 cases of dengue and 6 deaths were reported during the sameperiod in Odisha.

This was revealed in the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) report for 2013 which was released by Health and Family Welfare secretary Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra on Wednesday.

The IDSP monitors the disease trends of communicable disease of outbreak importance. It is intended to generate and detect early warning signals of impending outbreaks and help to initiate an effective response in a timely manner to prevent cases and deaths in the community. It also supports the district for timely outbreak investigation and response, coordinates health service deliverables during natural calamities such as flood, cyclone and heat wave etc.

The decentralized surveillance system of IDSP coordinates effectively to gather timely information on weekly/daily basis.

During the release of the report among others Director Health Services Dr NK Mishra , Director Public Health Dr SB Panda and other departmental Officers were present.

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