A media report of the 4 October 2016 asserts that an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis (JE) in Malkangiri district is responsible for 27 deaths within a 3 week period.
Children are the worst affected; 6 children are reported to be in a critical condition at the the Malkangiri district headquarter hospital.
District administration has set up camps in the affected villages to treat children.
Advice for Travellers
Japanese encephalitis vaccine is recommended for certain travellers considered to be at risk; particularly during the high risk season. Travellers should also take steps to avoid mosquito bites.