Mrunal Manmay Dash

Panic gripped the residents of Jantari village under Keonjhar’s Gonasika block after 11 persons allegedly died of an unknown disease in a span of one month.

Apart from the deaths, 15 people are still suffering from the disease.

As far as the symptom of the disease is concerned, the infected persons are reportedly developing fever and suffering from diarrhoea.

The locals alleged the doctor at the hospital prescribed medicine for fever only and failed to diagnose the real disease.

The people are falling prey to the unknown disease as they cannot go out to conduct advanced tests due to poverty.

It is pertinent to mention here that there are more than 100 tribal Juang families in the village.

“My appetite is substantially reduced. I am feeling weak. I went to the hospital but my health is not improving,” said a local of Jantari village.

“At least 11 persons have died so far in our village. They had gone to the hospital, but died after returning home,” said another local.

Later in the day, the health department sent a five-member medical team to the village to investigate the deaths.

The team constituted an epidemiologist, a microbiologist and a laboratory technicians who will collect blood samples and try to ascertain the prevailing disease.

Speaking about the matter, Odisha Public Health Director said that more details on this will be available after the team returns from Jantari. 

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