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More fall ill in tap-water outbreak

A TOTAL of 4,322 local residents have sought medication for gastrointestinal illness after tap water supply was contaminated by rainfall in Chifeng City of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

The number was 4,215 two days earlier, the local health bureau said yesterday.

So far, 3,861 people have been cured, 87 are still hospitalized and 374 more are receiving medical treatment at local out-patient departments, according to the bureau.

The patients complained of fever, diarrhea, stomachache and vomiting after drinking tap water since the night of July 25.

On Saturday, affected local residents began to stop using tap water as the city sanitized the municipal tap water system.


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