Typhoid outbreak in Rajouri, 65 patients test positive

At least 65 persons, including children and women, are suffering due to outbreak of ‘Thypoid’ in this frontier district.

At least 65 persons, including children and women, are suffering due to outbreak of 'Thypoid' in this frontier district.

Talking to Greater Kashmir, Medical Superintendent of District Hospital Rajouri, Dr, Mehmood Bajar said locals drinking contaminated water has led to the outbreak of Thypoid in the area. 

He said that till Saturday around 260 patients with Typhoid symptoms were registered in the hospital out of which around 65 were diagnosed positive. They are undergoing treatment at the hospital.

"A team of doctors is regularly monitoring the condition of patients. They are recovering slowly and there is no need to panic," said Dr Bajar.

The Medical Superintendent said that villagers have been advised to consume boiled water. "Infection has been largely contained and we have advised villagers to take precautions," he  added.

He also said that hospital is expecting increase in number of patients after Monday.

Locals alleged that the contaminated water supplied by the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department led to the outbreak of Thypoid. "The dilapidated condition of the water pipes is one of the major cause of water  borne diseases breaking out," they alleged.

"Due to breakage in the water pipes, pollutants sneak into the water and contaminate it," they added.

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