Quack held for infecting 46 with HIV

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A quack accused of infecting 58 people with HIV over the previous year by using the same syringe to administer injections in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district has been arrested.

CMO Dr SP Chaudhary said that seven members from both the organisations took stock of the developments and said they will also visit the affected areas as well.

Police have identified the accused as Rajendra Yadav.

Mr. Singhal said while they had not reached a final conclusion as the matter needed further investigation, the probe team has pinpointed high-migration and transit as reasons for the incidence of HIV in the Bangermau area.

Rajesh Kumar used to work as a compounder previously, where he gained medical knowledge, and thus started his own "practice".

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The Unnao administration says five more persons said to be his patients have been declared HIV reactive. As his prescriptions were quite cheap, patients thronged his makeshift clinic, he said.

"He would stay there for two-three hours". People flocked to him in large numbers. In this photo, a patient is given a shot during trials of an H1N1 vaccine at University of Iowa Health Care, the University's medical center in Iowa City, Iowa, Aug. 11, 2009.

According to 2017 data from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), India has 2.1 million people living with HIV.

Yesterday, area councillor Sunil Bangarmau said if proper tests are done, at least 500 cases of HIV would come up. 33 HIV positive cases were reported from just three villages in the area last month. If proper tests are done, at least 500 cases would come up.

"That story [linking the quack's use of a single syringe to the high incidence of HIV in Bangermau] is not very much conclusive or true".

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