As many as 138 patients and 15 hospitalised have reported diarrhoea-like symptoms yesterday in Peer Muchalla, Zirakpur.
Water contamination is suspected to be the cause of large-scale diarrhoea-like symptoms among patients. The water supply to the area has been stopped after the Health Department raised the alarm.
Kuldeep Bawa, SDM, Dera Bassi has said, “We have stationed water tankers in the area. Most of the cases reported on Sunday were of migrant labourers. We are not ruling out the possibility of cholera, diarrhoea or dengue.”
“The department is conducting a survey to ascertain the number of patients with diarrhoea-like symptoms in the area. Blood samples and stool samples are being taken to ascertain the cause. Water samples from the affected areas will be taken tomorrow to confirm the nature of contamination,” said Dr Pommy Chatrath, in-charge, Dhakoli hospital.
Source: The Tribune
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