Odisha’s Malkangiri district Japanese Encephalitis has claimed 25 lives

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Panic has gripped several villages in Odisha’s Malkangiri district after 25 infants lost their lives to Japanese Encephalitis.

Health minister, during an interdepartmental meeting yesterday to review preparedness to contain the disease, had directed that more teams of doctors be sent to the affected areas.

An outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis in 21 villages under six blocks of the district was reported last month. Altogether 27 people, mostly children, suffered from the disease which has so far claimed 25 lives, an official statement said.

Doctors and specialists were sent to the district to assess the situation and take steps to check the disease.

Health assistance booths have been opened in the affected areas, while fogging work intensified to control mosquito that spreads the disease, it said.

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Since the disease spreads from pigs to humans, mostly children, through mosquitoes, the government is taking steps to relocate the pig farms away from the villages.

A team of Animal Resources department will also be sent to the affected areas to initiate necessary steps. Blood samples of pigs would also be collected and sent to a laboratory for thorough examination.

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