A 15-year-old resident, Nanhey Kumar, died of suspected diarrhoea in New Harbans Nagar locality on Wednesday night.
Nanhey, a resident of Gopalganj district in Bihar, had come to the city to stay with his father Jawahar Prasad (42), who works as a labourer. Rajesh Kumar, a cousin of the deceased, said the Nanhey started vomiting and getting loose motions at around 11 pm.
"The problem aggravated in the night. Before we could call a doctor, the boy died at about 2 am," said Rajesh. "We don't know the exact cause of the death. However, it seems certain that the child died of water loss, due to the vomiting and loose motion."
Officiating civil surgeon Dr RL Bassan said that Nanhey did not die of diarrhoea, but of some other ailment. "The boy suffered vomiting with pain in abdomen, but no loose motions. The reason behind his death is unclear. No one else in the area has been diagnosed with diarrhoea," said Bassan.
Health officials continued their medical check-up camp in Manjit Nagar. Eight people were found to be suffering from stomach ailements. A team of health officials visited Manjit Nagar, Lahorian Mohalla, Darjian Mohallla, Bhargav camp and Sundernagar and Nurpur colonies to keep a tab on the situation. The team also collected six samples of water.
When contacted, additional commissioner PS Jaggi said he was not aware of the matter. "We have received reports for three water samples collected from Manjit Nagar and no contamination has been found. A team of health officials has taken four more samples and we are waiting for the reports."