Two people succumbed to encephalitis at a hospital in Gorakhpur, taking the toll in the deadly brain fever in eastern Uttar Pradesh to 541 this year.
Health officials said on Tuesday that as many as six fresh cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) have been reported at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in the last two days.
Additional Director (Health) U K Srivastava said the dead belonged to Kushinagar and Gorakhpur districts.
As many as 67 patients are presently undergoing treatment at various government hospitals of Gorakhpur, Mahrajganj, Deoria, Kushinagar, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar and Siddharthanagar, he said.
This year, a total of 3754 people suffering from encephalitis have been admitted to various government hospitals, of which 541 died.
Meanwhile, the Japanese Encephalitis vaccination drive has been successfully completed in seven districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh.