In­dia drains lake after dis­cov­ery of HIV-in­fected body

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

NEW DELHI - In­dian au­thor­i­ties are pump­ing wa­ter out of a sprawl­ing south­ern lake to as­suage vil­lagers' fears it was con­tam­i­nated after the dis­cov­ery of the body of a woman in­fected with HIV, a re­gional of­fi­cial said on Wed­nes­day.

The virus is usu­ally trans­mit­ted through sex­ual in­ter­course, in­fected blood and from an in­fected mother to the baby in her womb or through breast­feed­ing, but the vil­lagers' alarm at the dis­cov­ery a week ago drove the de­mand for the lake to be drained, the of­fi­cial added. "We tried our best to as­sure the vil­lagers that we would get the wa­ter tested, but they did not budge and even re­fused to come near the lake," said Naveen Hul­lur, who is in charge of the area. The lake near the vil­lage of Morab in Kar­nataka, about 440 km (273 miles) from the state's cap­i­tal of Ben­galuru, cov­ers 32 acres (13 hectares). It is a key source of drink­ing wa­ter for more than 1 000 peo­ple who live in the droughtaf­fected re­gion and earn their liveli­hoods by farm­ing. The drainage op­er­a­tion has run for the last four days and fresh wa­ter from a nearby canal is to be used to re­plen­ish the lake over the next four to five days, Hul­lur added. Reuters

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