Bhubaneswar: The death toll due to Japanese Encephalitis increased to 64 in last 44 days in Odisha’s Malkangiri district with two more children succumbing to the disease on Saturday.
The two children died while undergoing treatment at the Malkangiri district headquarters hospital. The deceased were identified as Sujit Betti (2) of Uskapalli village in Kalimela and Gayatri Peda (4) of Sindhiguda village in Mathili.
Meanwhile, a six-member central doctors’ team visited the affected areas in the district to review the situation there. The team would examine the cause of the spread of the vector-borne disease and how to contain the JE fever.
“Doctors, medical team, and mobile health units are present in all the districts. They are personally checking the patients and are referring them on a case to case basis,” said Malkangir Collector K Sudarshan Chakrabarty.