More than 250 people have been sickened with diarrhea in the village of Niphad, Nashik District of Maharashtra, India, according to a Times of India report.

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The outbreak, to which the source and etiology have yet to be identified, has sickened 253. 72 of the total required hospitalization for their illness since last Monday.

An “outbreak of acute diarrheal disease” has been declared in the village.

Stool samples have been sent to a lab in Pune for analysis. Officials suspect the source of the outbreak may be very old water supply line in Niphad that might have been punctured at more than one site, resulting in contaminated water.

Health officials have sounded an alert and medical teams have been rushed to the village to identify and treat those affected by the disease.  For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page