Health officials blame ‘pani puri’ for rise in typhoid cases in Telangana; know how to prevent monsoon diseases

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With the onset of monsoon, the incidence of typhoid in Telangana has increased and health officials are blaming the favorite street food ‘Pani Puri’ for the increase in the number of reported cases. In May, 2,700 typhoid cases were reported in Telangana, up from 2,752 in June.

Dr G Srinivas Rao, director of public health, described typhoid as a “waterborne disease”. The government is advising people to avoid street food, especially Panipuri, during the rainy season. Dr Rao said vendors should ensure hygiene and use only safe drinking water.

Contaminated water, food and mosquitoes are the main causes of seasonal monsoon-related diseases such as malaria, acute diarrhea (ADDs) and viral fever reported in the last few weeks. More than 6,000 cases of diarrhea have been registered in Telangana and there is an upward trend in dengue.

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