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HA NOI — Incidents of acute diarrhoea in Le Minh Xuan Commune in Binh Chanh District, HCM City, has been blamed on the water supply, Minister of Health Nguyen Kim Tien said on Monday.
Tien made the revelation as the head of an inspection team that visited the commune where the disease broke out on July 8.
To date, two adults and seven children have contracted the ailment.
One 10-month-old child died after being hospitalised for treatment on July 16.
He had a high temperature and was diagnosed with gastro-intestinal sepsis.
The inspection team found that the environment at the commune was polluted. Most residents live in shanty houses surrounded by stagnant ponds and grass fields. Some even discharge untreated waste directly into the ponds.
There are 30 homes in the area housing more than 100 people.
Residents have started paying carters high prices to bring in clean water.
Tien asked local authorities to persuade local residents not to use water from the ponds for daily use and to treat the environment to prevent dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis.
She said water for daily use needed to be treated with Cloramin B. — VNS