Epidemic – Asia – India

EDIS Number: EP-20120408-34806-IND
Date / time: 08/04/2012 04:25:01 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic
Area: Asia
Country: India
State/County: State of Jammu and Kashmir
Location: [Bandipore Districts wide]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A


Scores of people have been infected by outbreak of some skin and respiratory diseases in many villages here. Reports said scabies like skin disease was spreading fast among people mostly children in various hamlets including Chuntwari, Benlipora and Ketsan in Aloosa Block of Bandipora. Inhabitants of the affected villages said children there are suffering with severe rashes and itching on skin. Chuntiwari village, which comprises of 60 households, is the worst hit with over 50 people affected by skin diseases.
Meanwhile, in Chaknar village, 10 inhabitants are suffering with some respiratory constant cough, fewer and vomiting. Officials said a team of doctors from Bandipora hospital visited the affected areas to assess the situation. “The team headed by Dr Sharik conducted physical examination of the affected people to ascertain nature of disease,” they said "Over 20 people at Chuntiwari are suffering from some skin ailment. The team distributed free medicine among them,” a medico who was part of the team told Greater Kashmir. A health officer who also visited the affected village said features of the disease are compatible with that of influenza virus infection and other respiratory virus pathogens. BMO Bandipora Dr Sayeed-ur-Rehman maintained that the situation is under control. “We have deputed two medical teams to the affected areas and there is nothing to panic. It is routine allergic respiratory disease which is curable,” the BMO said.

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