With these deaths that took place during the last 24 hours, the toll has reached 640 this year.

Sources in the office of Additional Director (Health) said all the three deaths occurred at BRD Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur.

The patients from Gorakhpur, Kushinagar and an adjacent area in Bihar were admitted to the medical college hospital during the last 24 hours while 46 patients are undergoing treatment.

Sources said as many as 3008 Encephalitis patients were admitted to different government hospitals of eastern region this year.

The disease causes death in 33 percent cases while over 50 percent patients suffer from various forms of mental and physical disabilities, they said.

The disease is caused due to mosquito bite or consumption of contaminated water. Central and state agencies are continuously conducting awareness campaigns on sanitation and safe drinking water.

Three rounds of vaccination against Japanese Encephalitis (JE) for children up to 15 years have also been conducted, the official said, adding that this move has made cases down to 15 percent. Japanese Encephalitis is caused due to mosquito bite.

Another form of Encephalitis is caused due to contaminated water. Sources said this disease still prevails in the region and has caused over 85 percent deaths.


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