The district administration has ordered a probe into the deaths of 12 villagers in the past 15 days due to a mysterious fever in Sarfabad village near Sector 73 in Noida.
The health department has set up a temporary health camp for the villagers who blame contaminated water for the deaths.
“More than 100 people are currently suffering from fever in the village. Twelve have died in last 15 days,” said Sukhveer Pahlwan, local resident and social activist.
Chief medical officer (CMO), Vijay Deepak Verma, however, said that 15 people have died in last 2 months and they have yet to identify the cause of death of eight people.
“Many of the ailments were identified. Some of them died due to hepatitis, one had cancer while another had a cardiac arrest. However, there are unsually high numbers of patients with fever in the village and we are trying to identify the disease. We have set up a health camp,” said Dr Verma.
He said the health department is seeking details of the deceased of Sarfabad village from different hospitals and clinics to establish the reason of deaths.
The most recent victim was 22-year-old Gopal who died on August 20 after two days of high fever.
“In the morning of August 18, my nephew woke with high fever. We took him to the doctor who gave him medicines but the fever was not cured. On August 20 Gopal breathed his last. It all happened without any warning. We all kept thinking that it must be a simple viral fever but we were wrong,” said Suresh Yadav, uncle of the deceased.
The age of the other victims range from 21 years to 72 years and at least five of them were senior citizens.
District magistrate NP Singh has formed a committee to probe the suspicious disease.