Unlicensed doctor 'infects 40 people' with HIV

The official said that more health camps were organised in the area to ascertain if more people had contracted HIV thereafter. PTI Image for Representation

"This was the reason behind the significant rise in the number HIV cases", he said, adding that the patients have been referred to Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) centre in Kanpur.

"We don't think that the quack doctor alone could be a factor for these numbers", he told AFP. Treatment, which was cheap, nearly always involved an injection.

"He was like an angel for us". Locals said Kumar charged Rs 10 for his "injection" and that he would visit each house on his cycle.

But the low-priced treatment became a nightmare to dozens after they discovered they had been infected with one of the world's most deadly viruses.

According to Unnao chief medical officer SP Chowdhary, the fugitive was popular in three localities - Premgunj, Kareemuddin Nagar and Chakmeera.

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The HIV targets the immune system and weakens people's defence systems against infections and some types of cancer.

The latest case was exposed when government medical screenings uncovered a high concentration of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the district.

At least 40 HIV positive cases have been detected in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh from a health camp that was set up in November 2017.

At least 21 people have been diagnosed with HIV after a fake doctor reused needles to treat flu patients.

Yadav, who is said to be about 35 years old, "treated" colds, coughs and other ailments. "He is a quack".

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Villagers said they never saw Yadav change the needles he used and health official Sushil Choudhury said that that was the likely cause of the spread of HIV. "So we're mapping truck drivers who come there and offer treatment to them". "Action will be taken against culprits and those who practice without a license", Singh said, according to Times Now.

When authorities probed further, they discovered the role of Rajendra Kumar, a quack in one of the villages.

Yadav has yet to be apprehended. A case was registered against the quack, Rajendra Kumar, under Sections 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease risky to life) and 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by unsafe weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code.

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