Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing the outbreak of typhoid with at least 65 persons, including children and women. Dr. Mehmood Bajar Medical Superintendent of District Hospital, Rajouri, said the disease has erupted in the area as locals are drinking contaminated water.
"A team of doctors are regularly monitoring the condition of patients. They are recovering slowly and there is no need to panic," said Dr Bajar. He said, out of 260 patients registered with typhoid symptoms, 65 were diagnosed positive and are undergoing treatment in the hospital.
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.
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. Due to breakage in the water pipes, pollutants sneak into the water and contaminate it," they suspected.