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Panic in Kalimela after unknown disease claims 8 lives


Malkangiri: Residents of Dariguda village under Gamphakonda panchayat of the district are panic stricken after an unknown disease claimed lives of eight persons including four kids in a span of two months.

According to the locals, the victims complained of fever and headache and died within three to four days.

Podi Podiami, whose one girl has been admitted to the Kalimela healthcare centre and another one still at home, said, “Both the daughters are unwell and we are in a state of panic.”

Ganga, a local, said, “Despite an assurance from doctors, my cousin died of the unknown disease after visiting the hospital.”

As many as 50 persons died of the Japanese Encephalitis last year and villagers are worried in view of the recent loss of lives.

Meanwhile, doctors have visited the village and collected blood samples for medical investigation. Though the disease could not be detected yet, they ruled presence of the Japanese encephalitis in the area.

The Japanese encephalitis originates from pigs and spreads to humans, mostly children, through mosquitoes.

Last year, the state government had appointed a senior bureaucrat as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to monitor and oversee measures to check the spread of the deadly disease in Malkangiri.

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