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Three more children affected with unknown ailment from Gudrgaon village in Kandhamal district are admitted to MKCG Medical College Hospital on Thursday.
Three more children affected with unknown ailment from Gudrgaon village in Kandhamal district are admitted to MKCG Medical College Hospital on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: Panic of the still unidentified killer disease continues at remote Gudrigaon village of Daringbadi village in Kandhamal district.

Three ailing children from the village were admitted in the MKCG medical college hospital in the city. Another patient from the village is still under treatment in the medical college hospital. The Ganjam district administration is looking after the treatment of the patients from Gudrigaon, said the Berhampur sub-collector, Ajit Mishra.

Around 24 persons from the Gudrigaon village were admitted in the Daringbadi hospital. As this hospital with 30 beds got overcrowded, all the patients from Gudrigaon were housed in a building of a local NGO, said the Chief District Medical Officer of Kandhamal, Jatin Patnaik. According to him majority of these patients were allegedly suffering from common ailments, but were panic stricken by the 11 deaths that have occurred in the village during past week.

The CDMO after his visit to Gudrigaon said no new case of ailment was reported from the village.

The team of experts from Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) in Bhubaneswar also reached the village on Thursday to investigate the reason behind the recent deaths. The CDMO said these experts suspected that the deaths may have been caused by the infection of some killer virus. It may be noted that physicians are yet to ascertain the reason behind the deaths at Gudrigaon village. Earlier these deaths were to have been caused by food poisoning or malaria. But now it is suspected that deaths may have been caused by some other reason.


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