3 cholera patients reported within 15 days in Mumbai

In 2017, three patients were diagnosed with cholera in Mumbai. Last year, from August 1 to August 15, only one patient was diagnosed with cholera

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During monsoon, diseases like malaria and swine flu are persistent. But this year, cholera cases have also been reported in the city. Two cases have reported in the city, one in Sion and one in Trombay.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Jayesh Lele, General Physician said, “Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhoea. It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated. Currently, about 5% of patients who come for the treatment have fever and vomiting. So consult a doctor immediately.”

“It is difficult to say whether the number of patients suffering from cholera in Mumbai is increasing or decreasing, because most patients experience vomiting and dehydration. And the patients are better after medication.  As many as 5 to 7 patients who experience vomiting visit me every day.  Drink boiled water and avoid eating roadside food, to keep diseases at bay,” said Dr Gautam Bhansali, Consultant Physician at Bombay Hospital.

Swine flu created havoc in 2015 and this year too, many patients were diagnosed with this deadly disease. Total of 72 cases of swine flu have been reported from 1st to 15th of August. In July 2017, there were 413 cases. 4,339 cases of fever, have been diagnosed and the patients were  treated at various Municipal corporation hospitals.

In the month of August, 49 dengue cases were reported in 15 days and 839 patients who were suspected of dengue were admitted and treated in the hospital. As many as 1,049 cases of malaria were reported in 2016 and in August 2017, 558 malaria cases were reported in just 15 days.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Municipal Executive Medical Officer Dr Padmaja Keskar informed, “The municipal administration is taking efforts so that the number of malaria and dengue patients go down during monsoon.This year, the highest number of malaria patients were reported from Parel-Lalbaug, Kalachawki, Shivri, Worli-Koliwada, Jijamata Nagar, Dhobighat, Dharavi, Matunga, Mahim, Kandivali, Borivali, Dahisar and Mulund. Similarly, the highest numbers of dengue patients were reported from Byculla, Worli, Jogeshwari, Juhu, Kurla, Sakinaka, Chandivali, Bhandup and Kanjurmarg.”

Mini Khetarpal, Head of Disease Control Department said, “Since the past few months, the number of swine flu patients has decreased. Whereas, three cholera patients have been reported and the municipal administration is taking appropriate action with regards to the contaminated water. And if the fever lasts for a longer time, consult the doctor immediately.”