Over 20 people have tested positive for HIV after being treated for colds, coughs, and diarrhea by a fake doctor using contaminated needles and syringes.
The outbreak occurred in a northern Indian town where they’re experiencing a shortage of licensed medical professionals.
Authorities on Tuesday were searching for Rajendra Yadav, who they suspect has fled Bagarmau, a small town in the northern state of Utter Pradesh, said chief medical officer to the Unnao District, Sushil Choudhury.
Twenty-one cases of the virus were confirmed during government-organized screening camps at the end of January, according to Choudhary. The camps were set up after several suspected HIV cases showed up amid routine testing at district hospitals late last year, he said.