Odisha intensifies awareness about unknown diseases that killed 24
New Delhi, Thu, 08 Nov 2012 NI Wire
Waking up to the threat of the unknown disease that claimed at least 24 lives, the government of Odisha has intensified health awareness campaign in tribal-populated Malkangiri district, an official said Thursday.
Eight deaths have been reported from Potrel and Usakapalli villages each, about 25 km from the district headquarters town of Malkangiri, he said.
The children who died of the disease had symptoms like mild fever and swelling of eyes, noses and ears. In addition, they had other symptoms that resemble those of Japanese Encephalitis, a mosquito-borne virus that kills thousands of children in India every year.
According to Panda, a team of experts visited the affected villages a few days ago and collected about 70 samples to identify the reason behind the deaths. The results of these investigations are supposed to come in three-four days, he said.
Specialists suspects that the children might have died of Japanese Encephalitis, because the affected villages have large number of pigs, the amplifying host of the virus.
--with inputs from IANS