Japanese Encephalitis Killing Spree Continues In Odisha’s Malkangiri

**Malkangiri**: The Japanese Encephalitis onslaught refuses to stop even after claims of combative steps by health officials and civic bodies. With the death of two more children on Saturday, the vector-borne disease has claimed 74 lives in Odisha’s Malkangiri district in 50 days.

The deceased have been identified as Bhima Madhi (5) of Gouriguda village and Mamata Madhi (1) of Buduriguda village under Korkonda block in the district.

While Bhima died during treatment at Kalimela community health centre, Mamata succumbed to the disease at the ICU of the District Headquarters Hospital.

“The disease spreads from one village to another due to infected mosquitoes but we have told the villagers to take precaution and stay away from pigs,” said Malkangiri ADMO Kalyan Sarkar.

On the other hand, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is scheduled to visit Malkangiri on November 4 to review JE situation in the district.

Earlier on Friday, two children of Badali and Jilenguda villages died of the deadly disease at the district headquarters hospital (DHH) here. Sources said around 30 children are currently undergoing treatment for the disease in the district.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan would visit Malkangiri on November 4 to review the situation. Earlier, Health Minister Pradeep Amat and Secretary Arti Ahuja have visited the affected areas in of Malkangiri district and took stock of the situation