Maharashtra has invoked the Epidemic Diseases Act in the textile town of Icchalkaranji in the wake of 12 Hepatitis E deaths and over 4,085 people infected in a month.
Kolhapur civil surgeon Dr L Patil told The Indian Express that the Act provides for steps to control and prevent the spread of the disease,like closure of schools,liquor and wine shops and ice factories. The primary and secondary schools in the town will remain shut till June 22.
Of the 12 deaths,three were pregnant women. We have hospitalised 40 women who are in their third trimester. We checked at least 2,000 pregnant women,of whom 78 were infected. As many as 2,096 patients were treated since May 15 while 1,250 were hospitalised,Patil said.