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Thursday, October 20, 2011

India : Encephalitis - More than 400 kids die in Gorakhpur, Centre steps in

Via NDTV :

" Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad will be in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur today to take stock of the efforts to tackle the outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in the area.

Mr Azad was urged to go to the area by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. He will be accompanied by Digvijaya Singh.

Japanese encephalitis has now claimed the lives of at more than 400 children in the area.

Four encephalitis patients from Gorakhpur, two each from Kushinagar and Deoria and one from Mahrajganj succumbed to the illness in the last two days.

As many as 301 encephalitis patients are undergoing treatment at BRD Medical College."

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