Almost 570 people in India have died after contracting encephalitis, commonly known as ‘brain fever’, health authorities said. Warning the death toll may rise with more people still at risk.

However in West Bengal, the death toll in the vector-borne disease since January this year remained static at 111, a senior health official said adding that the authorities are taking emergency steps to contain the outbreak.

Meanwhile, the health department has set up clinics in the affected areas and is trying to prevent breeding of mosquitoes by fogging, especially around disease prone-pig farms.

It may be mentioned here that no new deaths were reported due to encephalitis in West Bengal since Sunday after sustained precautionary measures were taken by the health department.

"We are opening new testing centres in Cooch Behar, Balurghat, etc," the health official said adding fever clinics have also been opened in several sub-divisional and block-level hospitals.

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