Diarrhea spreads to over 1000 in relief camps


PATNA, India — Doctors have diagnosed more than 1,000 acute diarrhea cases in relief camps in the flood-ravaged plains of northern India, and at least six more people have died of complications from the disease, a health official said Saturday. More than 1.2 million people were driven from their homes in India’s Bihar state by the flooding, and about 300,000 are still living in 326 state-run relief camps where doctors are working to prevent disease outbreaks.

Deepak Kumar, the state health secretary, confirmed the six new deaths and more than 1,000 diarrhea cases in relief camps, but said authorities had enough medicine to treat the flood refugees.