Sunder Nagar and Rahimpur localities of the city are in the grip of diarrhoea as 19 patients were admitted to the civil hospital with complaints of bowel movement and vomiting till Monday afternoon.
Two patients with diarrhoea symptoms were tested positive for cholera. One is admitted to the civil hospital while the other is undergoing treatment at a private hospital.
The patients include children as well. Contaminated drinking water is said to be the cause of the spread of the disease.
The administration is on its toes in the wake of outbreak of cholera in the city. Deputy commissioner Amit Dhaka has constituted a four-member team to monitor the situation and take measures to prevent the disease from spreading. The health department organised a medical camp at Sunder Nagar on Monday and collected blood and urine samples of suspected diarrhoea patients.
Nodal officer and district epidemiologist Sailesh Kumar said the report would come by Tuesday. He said the drinking water had got mixed with sewage in the area.
“Water pipes were found broken at many places. We got the illegal connections removed and distributed chlorine tablets to the residents. Health workers informed the residents about safety precautions and warned them that the disease could spread further if they used contaminated water and eatables,” he said. He said around 70 persons were given medicines and one suspected patient of diarrhoea had been referred to the civil hospital.
Meanwhile, a municipal corporation team which visited the affected area to inspect the water supply met with opposition from the local residents who did not want their water connections removed.
MC commissioner JC Sabharwal said despite resistance eight illegal connections were snapped and the remaining would be cut off on Tuesday after obtaining police support. “We will supply water through tankers,” he added.