An outbreak of bacterial meningitis has claimed at least nine lives in the Indian capital of New Delhi.
India's National Institute of Communicable Diseases says dozens of people in the capital have been infected, prompting authorities to ban vendors from selling cut pieces of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Bacterial meningitis is spread through contact with infected droplets from the mouth or nose. Despite the disease's deadly nature, medical authorities say there is no reason to panic, as the disease can be treated with antibiotics.
Doctors say anyone experiencing symptoms including rashes, high fever with headaches, nausea or neck pain should be examined at a clinic.
Some information for this story provided by AFP.