An unidentified disease that has spread in Sakhuawa VDC of Rautahat for a week has affected 12 more people.

The outbreak has already claimed the lives of three persons, including two women as of Monday. However, the District Public Health Office has not yet sent doctors and medicines to the affected area.

The patients show symptoms like stomach-ache, headache, high fever and vomiting, said a local, Jaya Ram Yadav. Akhalesh Thakur, a health worker involved in the treatment, said about 50 people had fever and they were given medicine of malaria after collecting their blood samples.