The death toll due to Japanese Encephalitis has reached 38 in Malkangiri district, Odisha while the disease continues to spread its tentacles to other districts.
An 11-year-old boy of Bengama village in Brahmagiri area of Puri district died after contracting the vector-borne disease.
"As many as 105 persons have been afflicted by Japanese Encephalitis, out of which 25 persons have been cured," said Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak.
‘Japanese encephalitis virus is a flavivirus related to dengue, yellow fever and West Nile viruses, and is spread by mosquitoes. JEV is the main cause of viral encephalitis in many countries of Asia with an estimated 68 000 clinical cases every year.’
He said: "Some doctors are camping in Malkangiri district, while some paediatricians will visit the affected areas to take stock of the situation."
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Petroleum Dharmendra Pradhan has met Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda to discuss how to prevent the spread of disease.
"The Health minister has assured to extend all possible support for identifying the causes of the disease and advise the state government regarding the effective steps for combating the clinical fallout of its spread and preventing the mortality associated with it," said Pradhan.
The MoS also urged Nadda to send a high-level fact-finding team to investigate the causes for the outbreak of the disease and suggest preventive measures to contain the same.