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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, Oct 7:

Two more children died of Japanese Encephalitis at the district headquarters hospital in Odisha’s Malkangiri last night taking the death toll in the vector-borne disease to 40 in 29 days.

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More than 60 children are undergoing treatment at the hospital, sources said.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had yesterday met Union Health Minister JP Nadda at the latter’s New Delhi office and requested him to send a Central fact finding team to investigate Japanese Encephalitis outbreak in Odisha.

Nadda had assured Pradhan that the Union Health Secretary is in contact with his counterpart in the state and necessary steps are being taken to contain the situation.

The state government has decided to construct enclosures (pigpens) near affected villages to isolate Japanese Encephalitis (JE) infected pigs in order to curb the disease.

The Malkangiri Collector has cancelled Dussehra holidays of all government officials in the district in view of the alarming situation and asked them to stay alert.

Worth mentioning, pigs are the host of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). It gets transmitted from pigs to mosquitoes and further from mosquitoes to human beings.