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Encephalitis toll in Gorakhpur rises alarmingly

July 30, 2012 16:05 IST

A nine-year old child succumbed to encephalitis in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, taking the toll in the viral disease in eastern Uttar Pradesh to 146 this year, health officials said on Monday.

According to Additional Director (Health) Diwakar Prasad, the child from Mahrajganj district succumbed to the disease at BRD Medical College Hospital on Sunday.

Eighteen new patients afflicted with suspected encephalitis have been admitted to the BRD MCH on Sunday while 69 are being treated in different government hospitals of the region, he said.

A total 756 encephalitis patients were admitted to these hospitals in the current year, of which 146 died, Prasad said, adding that the dead include 19 patients from Bihar and one from Nepal, he added.

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