Two of the seven patients suspected to be suffering from cholera have tested positive for the disease.
The results of the culture tests of the seven patients admitted to Kasturba Hospital, Chinchpokli, were released on Friday. The culture test is done to confirm cholera.
“The two children whose samples tests are positive for cholera suffer from gastroenteritis cases and have mild cholera,” said Shah.
The city has also witnessed a rise in diarrhoea and gastroenteritis cases in certain pockets in the last few days. “We have been getting at least six to eight cases of diarrhoea and gastroenteritis since the last few days. The condition is better than 15 days back when 15 to 20 patients were being admitted everyday,” said a doctor from Bhabha Hospital.
“We have referred eight paediatric cases of acute gastroenteritis to Kasturba so far,” said Dr Ajit Kale, senior medical officer, Bhabha Hospital.
To stem the rising cases, the BMC has so far conducted 10 medical camps in areas such as Behrampada, Bharatnagar, Kherwadi and Government Colony in Bandra.
“We have identified people with mild symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting in these areas,” said Shah. The results of fifty water samples taken from these areas and sent for testing to municipal analysts are still awaited.
Ten to 15 sporadic cases of cholera are identified every year, which is normal, said Shah.