Number Of Deaths Due To Encephalitis Rises To 55 In Odisha:
Encephalitis literally means an inflammation of the brain. In most cases, this inflammation is caused by a virus. With the death of one more child, the toll in Japanese Encephalitis outbreak today rose to 55 in over a month in Odisha’s Malkangiri district, even as the BJP slammed the state government accusing it of failing to contain the disease.
A two-year-old girl from Padia block died while undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit of the district headquarters hospital in Odisha, taking the toll to 55, Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) Dr U S Mishra said.
Unconfirmed reports, however, put the toll at 57. The vector-borne disease has affected around 45 villages spread over six blocks in the tribal-dominated Malkangiri district. At present, 29 children, afflicted with the disease are undergoing treatment at the district headquarters hospital and four of them are in the ICU in a serious condition, the CDMO said.
So far, 105 out of the 184 children admitted to the district headquarters hospital in Odisha with JE have been discharged after being cured, he said. The deadly disease, which originates from pigs and spreads to humans, mostly children, through mosquitoes, had surfaced in the district around 38 days ago, officials said.
A large number of pigs have been isolated and shifted to over 140 specially set-up enclosures away from human habitations, while fogging and spraying of mosquito repellents have been intensified in more than 100 villages, a senior official said.