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Death toll due to Japanese Encephalitis in Odisha's Malkangiri reaches 38
In Odisha's Malkangiri district, five more children died on Wednesday and Thursday due to Japanese Encephalitis. With this the total death toll has reached 38.
The children died during treatment in the district headquarter hospital, where as many as thirty children are still receiving treatment. Out of the 30, ten children are said to be in serious condition. On an average, three children are dying per day in the hospital while undergoing treatment.

A central fact finding team is expected to arrive within a day or two to Malkangiri to take stock of the situation.

Also, 60 new beds have been added to the pediatric ward in the district headquarter hospital.

Talking to media, District Collector K. Sudarshan Chakravarthy said that the district administration had intensified awareness drive in worst affected villages.

He expressed hope that with this awareness drive the number of Encephalitis cases will come down.

The Border Security Force jawans are doing fogging in the affected villages. More then 50 machines have been provided to the villages to carry out the fogging at regular intervals. So far, 2500 mosquito nets have been supplied to the villagers living in the affected areas.

The district administration is spending money from MGNREGA and enclosures are being built for shifting pigs from the human habitations.

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