Pradeep Pattanayak

With the death of an 11-year-old child allegedly due to Diphtheria at Kumbhariput in Koraput district, people of villages bordering Rayagada and Koraput districts are living in panic.  

As per reports, a health department team has conducted tests on 949 persons and collected samples from 15 persons following some symptoms. 
At the same time, Odisha Family Welfare Director Dr Sanjukta Sahu said the source of the infection is not Rayagada. She said the disease had spread from Kalahandi. 

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“The 11-year-old girl who died immediately after admission weighed 15 kilograms. It seems the disease started spreading from a submerged area of the Indravati project in Kalahandi where there are 25 hamlets,” said Dr Sahu. 

Meanwhile, the Health department is carrying out surveillance in Kalahandi and Koraput districts. So far, the vaccination of booster dose has been completed in 13 villages of Manuspadar area under Kasipur block. As many as 468 children have been vaccinated with a booster dose. 
Since the latest victim weighed 15 kilograms, the Health department sources said that an investigation is underway to confirm whether it was a case of malnutrition. 

“We have not got any new cases of infection. The first infected patient was an elderly person. The children had gone to him, leading to the spread of the disease,” said Public Health Director, Dr Nilakantha Mishra.

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