BHUBANESWAR: Jaundice, which spread its tentacles in Millennium City Cuttack's Jobra area, has raised its ugly head in the Capital where 16 persons were tested positive in Jharana slums on Thursday.
The slum, located close to Naveen Nivas, drew attention as a medical team rushed to to the area to take stock of the situation.
Preliminary investigation revealed that use of well water, which appeared to be contaminated, was the reason behind the water-borne disease. Disinfection of the well water was carried out.
However, that was not the only area of the City where the disease outbreak was reported. In Thoria Sahi near Damana, another five persons have been tested positive for jaundice during the first four days of the month. Use of contaminated supply water was the reason there too.
In Cuttack, so far, 52 jaundice cases have been reported from Wards 33, 41 and 44 in the last three weeks. The PHED water supply was found to have come in contact with sewer lines leading to the outbreak.