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Oct 14, 2011 at 05:06pm IST

UP: Encephalitis kills 6 more, death toll 438

Gorakhpur: With six more persons succumbing to encephalitis, the death toll in the viral disease in eastern Uttar Pradesh has climbed to 438 this year, health officials said on Friday.

At present, 261 people suffering from encephalitis are undergoing treatment at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur besides in some other district hospitals.

The six deaths have been reported in the last two days, the officials said. More than 2600 patients were admitted to government hospitals in the region this year of which 438 have died, they said.

CNN-IBN had reported on the alarming situation last week, following which the UP government had granted Rs 18 crore to build more wards for patients. But it's a paltry sum compared to the over Rs 600 crore spent for the Ambedkar Park in Noida that is being inaugurated on Friday.

Infact UP Chief Minister Mayawati has spent Rs 2500 crore on five such major parks across the state.

The majority of patients are suffering from water-borne entero-virus encephalitis while the cases of Japanese Encephalitis are about 10 per cent of the total encephalitis patients admitted this year to government hospitals.

With Additional Inputs from PTI

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