28 Medical students tested positive for Diphtheria

28 Medical students tested positive for Diphtheria

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Kalaburagi, Sept 3 : All the 28 Medical students, who tested positive for Diphtheria, a serious bacterial infection and admitted at the in-patients ward in Gulbarga Institute of Medical Science (GIMS) since last two days, are improving and they may be discharged in a couple of days, GIMS Superintendent Dr C R Sivakumar said on Monday.

Dr Sivakumar said that the students were treated in separate ward and they are responding well to the treatment. He said that after the outbreak of diphtheria from the girls hostels of Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) in the city, directions have been given to the officials concerned to initiate precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

He said “two doctors who were attending on the patients have also developed the symptoms of diphtheria and they are being treated,” he added

District Health officer Madavarao Patil suspected that as the disease is air-borne, there is possibility of the students being carried it from either their native place or any other places when they travalled. An epidemiological study is required. A clear picture in this regard will be available in two-three days, he added. (UNI)