The authorities in Karnataka pump water from a wild sea to suppress urban fears that it is polluted after the…
The authorities in Karnataka pump water from a wild sea to suppress urban fears that it is polluted after the discovery of a woman’s HIV-infected woman, officials said on Wednesday.
The lake near Morab village in Karnataka, about 440 km from the state capital of Bengaluru, covers 32 hectares (13 hectares). It is an important source of drinking water for more than 1,000 people living in the drought-affected region and earning their livelihoods through agriculture.
“We tried our best to insure the villagers that we should try the water, but they did not witch and even refused to get close to the lake,” said Naveen Hullur, an official in the area.
Hivvirus is usually transmitted by intercourse, infected blood and from an infected mother to the child in her womb or through breastfeeding, but the city’s alarm at the discovery a week ago prompted the demand for the lake to be emptied, allowing the official.
The drainage operation has taken place in the last four days and freshwater from a nearby canal is to be used to fill the lake for the next four to five days, Hullur added. He did not provide further details.
It was not immediately clear what the cost of the drainage operation is. Public health officials in the region did not respond immediately to phone calls and e-mail from Reuters to search for comments.
The HIV virus, which causes AIDS, is not spread in air, water or in food, or by sharing cups, bowls, cutlery, clothes or toilet chairs. It can not survive in the body after the infected person dies.
First Published: Dec 05, 201
8 19:31 IST