District health officials confirmed at least 14 jaundice cases in Lad Bharol area in Jogindernagar on Monday. As soon as the news of an outbreak of the disease spread in the area, a team of doctors and medical staff led by Dr BA Bhatt, head of the community health center, visited Sanda and Makan villages and examined 56 people suspected of having been affected, of which 14 were declared to be suffering from jaundice.
More than 200 people have fallen sick from jaundice in various areas of the district during the past month. Zonal hospital officials have sent blood samples to the Indira Gandhi Medical College in Shimla to analyse the bacteria that caused the outbreak.
Contaminated drinking water and lack of proper sanitation at local fairs also contributed to the the disease spreading in the area.
A jaundice outbreak was first reported in Mandi immediately after the Shivratri fair concluded in the first week of March. Soon cases were reported from a few areas in Siraj, Sundernagar, Dharmpur and Jogindernagar, which had hosted fairs recently.
Meanwhile, the health department has issued an alert on the disease and instructed area residents about the necessary precautions to be taken. They have been advised to drink only water that has been supplied by the irrigation & public health department or to boil it before drinking.