A cholera outbreak associated with drinking contaminated well water.

Abstract : BACKGROUND: Cholera has been a significant public health challenge in many communities. An outbreak of acute diarrheal illness occurred among participants in a wedding ceremony in a village in Qazvin, Iran, in 2008. We conducted an epidemiological, environmental and microbiological investigation to determine the causative agent, source and extent of this outbreak. METHODS: Clinical and environmental samples were collected and analyzed for the presence of diarrhea-causing bacterial organisms, which included Vibrio cholera. The relationship between the strains was determined using enterobacterial repetitive intergenic consensus polymerase chain reaction (ERIC-PCR). RESULTS: The attack rate was 21.8%. Clinical and environmental samples were positive for V. cholerae serotype Inaba. All tested isolates had a similar ERIC-PCR pattern, which indicated that a single clone of V. cholerae was responsible for this outbreak. CONCLUSION: Our findings demonstrated that well water was the source of this outbreak.
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Reza Ranjbar, Mohammad Rahbar, Ali Naghoni, Shohreh Farshad, Amin Davari, et al.. A cholera outbreak associated with drinking contaminated well water.. Archives of Iranian Medicine, Academy of Medical Sciences of the I.R. Iran, 2011, 14 (5), pp.339-40. ⟨pasteur-00753276⟩

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