Gorakhpur (UP): Five more children died due to encephalitis, taking the death toll in the viral disease in eastern Uttar Pradesh to 292 this year, health officials said on Friday.

Health officials said the five died at BRD Medical College Hospital on Friday here. The victims hailed from Gorakhpur, Deoria, Siddharthanagar, Kushinagar and Mahrajganj, they said.

Additional Director (Health) Diwakar Prasad said a total of 1,820 encephalitis patients were admitted to hospitals in the region this year, of which 292 died.

(Agencies)

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