Panic has gripped Nowshera and Sunderbani belt of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district after a mysterious fever reportedly killed six people.
The mystifying fever has put the State health authorities in confusion, as Doctors are unable to diagnose the cause of the fever.
The fever, first reported from Nowshera belt, is believed to be continuously spreading to neighbouring localities.
Victims of the disease suffer from high fever, followed by jaundice and vomiting.
"Children and elderly people are running high fever. Many patients are coming to the OPD (Out Patient Department), while many have been admitted. Some patients have been sent to Jammu Medical College and right now also we have many patients with us," said Swatanter Singh, a paediatrician with a local hospital.
Meanwhile, several local residents criticised the State government for its laid-back attitude towards the matter.
"There should be a primary health centre in this border area. A team of doctors should have been here especially after the fever killed many people. The Government should give directions to the doctors to find out the exact cause of this mysterious fever and the PHE (Public Health Engineering) department should be told to put medicines in the water supplied to various areas," said Mahinder Lal, a local resident.
The mysterious fever in Rajouri district has came at a time when the country is battling with the deadly swine flu, which has killed 247 and infected 8,153 people.