Wed, Nov 28, 2007 - Page 4 News List

Taichung advises residents on how to avoid dysentery

By Meggie Lu  /  STAFF REPORTER

In light of recent bacillary dysentery outbreaks, the Taichung City Environmental Protection Bureau yesterday urged city residents to investigate and ensure the safety of their water sources.

City residents should wash their hands often, boil drinking water for at least three minutes, and avoid drinking or bathing with ground water, the bureau said.

CONFIRMED CASES

According to the Central News Agency (CNA), Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) said in a council meeting yesterday that the city has had 38 confirmed cases of bacillary dysentery.

The city is keeping a close eye on the spread of the outbreak, CNA quoted Hu as saying, adding that there were 114 suspected cases awaiting further medical examination.

BEITUN DISTRICT

In response to city councilors' comments that 489 families in Taichung's Beitun district still use groundwater, Hu said the problem was not widespread and that the city had ordered all schools to discontinue the use of groundwater. He also said that over the weekend the city had connected the two high schools in the district to the water mains.

The bureau also said that tap water coverage in the city is 99.16 percent. To reach 100 percent, it said, a budget of NT$1 billion (US$31 million) would be required. The budget for this year amounted to only NT$10 million, it said.

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