"Locals say the fake doctor who used to treat them for common ailments rarely changed needles and syringes, often using them repeatedly", Choudhary said by phone from Unnao. "A quack had started this, and police will soon catch him".
A quack who was treating people in the vicinity had allegedly used an infected needle to treat all the victims. Villagers said he used the same syringe and needle in the name of cheaper treatment.
Chaudhary said, "Seeing the high number cases, the health department constituted a two-member committee which visited various settlements of Bangarmau to investigate the reasons behind the spike". If proper tests are done, at least 500 cases would come up.
The patients have been referred to antiretroviral therapy (ART) centre in Kanpur under which a combination of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs are administered to maximally suppress the HIV and stop its progression, Chaudhary said.
"Some people showed symptoms of HIV infection during preliminary investigation at the camp.the blood samples were sent for further examination and HIV was confirmed, " said a health official in Unnao. Action will be taken against culprits & those who practice without the license. Choudhury said Tuesday that probably led to the spread of HIV. Reacting to the reports of 40 positive cases of HIV, the medical superintendent said that the concerned authorities have been alerted a future course of action is being designed. Since it's a transit point, HIV carriers are likely to come there.
Speaking about the incident, Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh told reporters, "We are investigating the matter and a thorough mapping is being done".
A case has been registered against the quack, he said.