Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
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Villagers empty lake after HIV+ woman jumps into it

Villagers empty lake after HIV+ woman jumps into it

The district administration officials of Morab in Karnataka's Dharwad district were forced to drain a 36-acre lake after an HIV-positive woman allegedly committed suicide by jumping into it. In the last four days, more than half the water from the lake has been drained out. Residents in Morab village of Dharwad district feared that the lake, which is their main source of drinking water in the drought-affected area, has been infected with the virus, Reuters reported.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the 150-odd residents of the village had refused to consume the lake water over reports that the woman had recently been tested positive for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) by a private laboratory.

Residents of the village of Morab, near Dharwad, are now facing the prospect of having to walk several kilometres per day to get drinking water after they chose to drain all the water from a nearby lake.


Ever since the body surfaced, no one turned up to fetch water, Kumar said, adding that the villagers unanimously chose to empty the lake.

Water from the sprawling lake will be pumped out on Wednesday night or the following morning, after which it will be cleaned and then filled with water from Malaprabha canal by December 20.

Authorities attempted to convince them that HIV can not be transmitted by water and that there's no risk of getting the virus by drinking the water. "Even if the virus comes out of the body, it can not survive in water and dies in a couple of seconds". But the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) spreads only through body fluids and outside the human body, the virus can not survive beyond minutes in air or water. It is normally transmitted through sexual intercourse with an infected person, or through infected blood or passes on from an infected mother to the baby in her womb or through breastfeeding.

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