Himansu Shekhar Rout

A Jaundice outbreak was reported from a hostel with as many as 28 students of the Government College of Engineering in Keonjhar getting affected by the disease. It has triggered concerns among the college authorities as well as students.  

Though the reasons behind the outbreak were not ascertained immediately, water contamination is suspected to be a cause.
Meanwhile, a team of doctors from the district headquarters hospital examined the health condition of students at the hostels.

One of the students said, "I was not keeping well for the last several days. I got myself examined at the hospital. I got an injection. Many students are affected by jaundice.”   

Ajay Dehuri, the hostel manager said, "Before April 1, some students got themselves medically examined at the hospital. About five days ago, we were told that one student was affected by jaundice. We did not imagine that so many students would get affected by jaundice.”

He added that a medical team visited the college and collected water samples and blood samples of the affected students.     

The Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) said that the health condition of some jaundice-affected students was examined while water samples were collected for laboratory tests.

While blood samples of 12 students were collected, 16 of the affected students have left for their homes.

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