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More gastro cases than cholera, say doctors

mumbai Updated: Aug 14, 2011 01:23 IST
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While four cholera cases have been detected in the city in the past few days, doctors say gastroenteritis cases are a bigger cause for worry this monsoon.

“Out of 100 gastroenteritis cases, not more than 5% people would have cholera,” said Dr Khusrav Bajan, consultant physician and intensivist at Hinduja Hospital. “We are more concerned about gastroenteritis patients coming with symptoms such as low blood pressure and kidney failure.”

BMC officials said the four cholera patients were from E-ward – Byculla and Mohammed Ali Road. “All four have been discharged after treatment at Kasturba Hospital. These were sporadic cases,” said Manisha Mhaiskar, additional civic commissioner.

“We have been distributing chlorine tablets for water purification and going door to door and telling residents to drink only boiled water, eat cooked food,” Mhaiskar added.

“We see four to five cholera cases every year and I don’t think it will turn into an epidemic,” said Dr Pratit Samdani, physician, Jaslok Hospital.