Japanese Encephalitis: Toll mounts to 68

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, July 11: With death of three more persons, the death toll due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) touched 68 in Assam on Thursday, a statement of national Health Mission (NHM) informed here.

Of the three death cases, one has been reported from Dibrugarh, one from Sivasagar and one case has been reported from Tinsukia, the statement said.

On Thursday, a total of 59 cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) reported in the state. Moreover, 11 death cases of JE/AES were also reported during the day, it said.

A total of 306 JE positive case have been reported till Thursday, the report said and added that total 1,204 persons have been found positive for JE and AES in the state.

On the other hand, total death cases in JE and AES have gone up to 156, the statement further said.

There has been a decline in the number of cases being reported in the state in comparison to the previous two weeks, the officials of NHM said.

The fogging exercises are being carried out in affected areas. Kokrajhar is the only district that has not reported a single encephalitis case yet.

Patients from far-flung places in Kamrup district and adjoining areas are being referred to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). The state health department has already announced free diagnosis and treatment of patients in government hospitals and Rs 1,000 as transportation cost for patients in case of non-availability of ambulance services like 102 and 108.

The state government has also cancelled all leaves of doctors and para-medical staff till September 30 to effectively deal with the encephalitis breakout. NHM officials were also found to be working on Sunday at the state headquarters apart from the Control Room in GMCH.

Last year, 66 JE deaths were reported from Assam, while 165 people died in 2014, 160 in 2015 and 119 in 2017.

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