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Encephalitis toll 109, intensity coming down

Municipalities have been asked to maintain cleanliness and undertake fogging activities regularly.

Patients admitted with fever at Dhupguri Hospital in Jalpaiguri on Tuesday. (Express) Patients admitted with fever at Dhupguri Hospital in Jalpaiguri on Tuesday. (Source: Express Photo)

In a sign that the intensity of of the incidence of encephalitis has come down in the seven north Bengal districts, only one person has been reported to have died since Wednesday, taking the toll to 109 Thursday.

“One more death has been reported in the North Bengal Medical College Hospital (NBMC) since Wednesday,” West Bengal Health Services director Biswaranjan Satpathy said over phone.

Satpathy said that the situation was under control, pointing out that “both the number of deaths and that of affected persons is coming down.” “As of today, 37 persons are admitted in the NBMC owing to encephalitis,” he said.

Municipalities have been asked to maintain cleanliness and undertake fogging activities regularly to control the disease.

Jalpaiguri district was the worst-hit with rural areas in Dhupguri and Moynaguri being the most affected because of the presence of a large number of piggeries from where Japanese Encephalitis spread.

With PTI inputs

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