Seven persons, including two women, have died following an outbreak of diarrhoea and nearlyhundred have taken ill in 12 villages in the tribal-dominated Ghansour block of Seoni district in the last three days.
The sick, exhibiting symptoms like vomiting apart from diarrhoea, had been admitted to the community health centre, Ghansour, chief medical and health officer of the district Dr R K Shrivastava told news agency.
There was a sudden spurt in the complaints of diarrhoea since the evening of May 21, following heavy rains and the subsequent heat, and as the sick people were taken to the health centre, seven of them succumbed, the CHMO said.
Some of them died even before reaching the hospital, he said.
A team of doctors from Seoni District Hospital and adjoining areas had reached Ghansour and the situation was under control, Dr Shrivastava added.
The deceased were identified as Saroj Bai Jain (65), Ramesh (45), Monu (60), Trilok Gond, Girani Gond (both 65), Ittu Gond (53) and Munga Bai (60).
Seoni collector Dhanraju S who visited the hospital said that over 100 persons were undergoing treatment there.
Decision about monetary relief for the affected people and kin of the deceased would be taken after completing necessary formalities, he added.
Local MLA, Yogendra Singh, has announced an aid of Rs 5,000 to the kin of each deceased person.