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Odishatv Bureau

Malkangiri: With the death of three more children, the toll due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Malkangiri district reached 85 today.

The deceased were identified as Sangita Khamari (3) of Teleraia village under Kalimela block, Rashmita Kape (2) of Tungapala village under Khairput block and Jamuna Sarkar (3) of MV-107. The three died while undergoing treatment at the Malkangiri district headquarters hospital (DHH).

Meanwhile, a seven-member expert team held discussion with the Health secretary, the director and the NHM director about steps to prevent spread of the disease.

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Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Nruparaj Sahoo, who is currently in Malkangiri to monitor the government works to prevent the outbreak of the disease, has said the situation has not improved as per the expectation.

“The situation has remained grim even as the district administration has taken all possible measures to check the outbreak. The death toll has risen in last three-four days. The Collector is touch with the expert team, which will visit the district after November 3.More investigation will be carried out,” Sahoo said.

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