Three deaths were reported from North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) in Siliguri district. The disease, which is spreading slowly across other regions, has claimed more than 50 lives in West Bengal.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, said leaves of doctors and other medical staff were cancelled and a ‘remove pigs movement’ has been started.

She further stated that, “We have banned unhygienic rearing and it will be applied with immediate effect.”
Superintendent of NBMCH Dr Amarendra Nath Sarkar said, “The problem is under control now, as the number of patients has also decreased. Three patients admitted in these two days had Japanese Encephalitis and a patient among them was tested negative.”

“Earlier Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC) spread bleaching powders, conducted fogging at the piggeries and held awareness campaigns,” added Amarendra Nath Sarkar.

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