JE toll in touches 97; virus spreads to Kokrajhar

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, July 18: With death of three more persons, the death toll in Japanese Encephalitis (JE) touched 97 on Thursday, a National Health Mission (NHM) bulletin said here.

The number of JE-positive cases increased to 426 as 20 new ones were registered, the NHM bulletin said.

The outbreak also spread to Kokrajhar on Thursday with two persons detected positive for JE. They have been shifted to Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH).

On Thursday, one death each was reported from Darrang, Lakhimpur and Tinsukia districts of the state, the bulletin said.

JE is a vector-borne disease that affects the brain. All three who died were undergoing treatment at hospitals in the districts, it added.

The bulletin further said the cumulative figure for JE/AES (Acute Encephalitis Syndrome) death in the state since January this year was 214, while the number of JE/AES-positive cases during this period was 1,518.

On Thursday, seven cases of death of AES/JE have been reported from across the state, while the number of AES/JE cases reported is 20, the bulletin said.

Till now, 214 death cases of JE/AES have been reported in the state, the bulletin also said.

Meanwhile, two persons tested positive for JE in Kokrajhar.

They have been identified as Rijendra Nath Brahma (72) from Patakata and Munna Roy (52) from Rainadabri in Kokrajhar.

Kokrajhar District surveillance officer Dr Amol Mochary informed 60,000 blood slides have been collected from peoples across the district to test JE virus so far. “Strong measures have been taken up to prevent JE in Kokrajhar,” he added.

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