Malkangiri: Two infants died in the tribal-dominated Malkangiri district on Friday as Japanese Encephalitis spread its tentacles in the district taking the toll to 21 in the past three weeks.
Doctors treating the children confirmed that the deaths were due to the mosquito-borne disease.
“They were under the treatment for past 15 days. Their samples too tested positive for Japanese Encephalitis,” said a doctor at the district headquarters hospital.
More cases of the disease continue to be reported even as the State government sent a four-member team from MKCG medical college to the epicentre to take a stock of the situation. Official sources said condition of 3-4 children is stated to be critical.
Sources added, the deadly disease has spread its tentacles to 18 villages contrary to 16 as claimed by the Health department. According to a government official 16 villages across Malkangiri, Kalimela, Mathili and Podia blocks of the district are the worst affected. Mansa, Goreiguda and Bailapalli under Malkangiri block and eight villages of Analguda, Palkonda, Sindhiguda, Siadimal, Chitapari, Kachalwada, Tekguda and Dangaskhal under Korukonda block besides Golaguda in Podia block and Dhungiaput in Mathili block are affected by the disease, he added.
The Health department is carrying out fogging drive in the affected villages to check the disease from spreading to other villages.