Gorakhpur: With one more child succumbing to encephalitis, the death toll in the viral disease has mounted to 588 in eastern Uttar Pradesh this year.
The child hailing from Siddharthanagar succumbed to the disease at BRD Medical College Hospital here yesterday, officials said today.
As many as 43 patients suffering from encephalitis are being treated at the hospital.
As many as 3494 patients of Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome had been admitted to different government hospitals of Gorakhpur and Basti divisions this year, of which 588 died.
The Principal of BRD Medical College Dr K P Kushwaha said encephalitis cases have dropped due to the cold wave.