Gorakhpur (UP): With six more persons succumbing to encephalitis, the death toll from 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 here 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.
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.