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Over 460 die from encephalitis in India

More than 460 people in northern India, mostly young children, have died in one of the country's worst outbreaks of encephalitis.

Hundreds of others have been admitted to the main hospital in the city of Gorakhpur, in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

The disease, which affects the brain, is being blamed on poor sanitation and the government's failure to provide medical facilities.

Sanjoy Majumder reports from Gorakhpur.

  • 21 Oct 2011