After 50-odd guests of a wedding function in Malappuram in Kerala were diagnosed with Hepatitis A, the health department has served a showcause notice to the family that hosted the reception.
Early last month, K Basheer of Vallikunnu had hosted a party for around 1,000 guests in connection with the wedding of his daughter. He had allegedly used commercial ice blocks, which are meant for fishing industry, for serving soft drinks to the guests.
“Three weeks into the reception, around 100 guests have been hospitalised. Of them, 48 were diagnosed with Hepatitis A. In the recent days, some more people who attended the marriage reception, have turned up at hospitals,” said Malappuram District Medical Officer Ummer Farooque.
He said the host of the function had been warned by health workers against the use of commercial ice blocks that are made using contaminated water.
“The warning was given against the backdrop of several Hepatitis A cases in the past had been related to the use of such ice for human consumption. The ice factory had clearly stated that the product which was not meant for human consumption. Despite such a clear warning, the family used the ice for preparing soft drinks,’” he said, adding the notice was served two days back as per the Public Health Act.
Based on the explanation, the department would resort to further action, including penalising the family.