Enchephalitis claimed 295 lives in Assam

RSTV Bureau

encephalitis_diseaseJapanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) has claimed 295 lives and affected 1,727 persons so far this year in Assam, a senior Health department official said on Tuesday.

JE claimed 88 lives and affected 470 persons, while 207 people died due to AES and 1,257 were hit by the disease, Joint Director Health Services-Malaria Dr B K Barua said.

Twenty-four of the 27 districts of the state have been affected by the killer disease with Barpeta, Nalbari, Darrang, Kamrup (Rural) and Kamrup (Metro) in Lower Assam being the worst affected, while the Upper Assam districts of Tinsukia, North Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Dhemaji and Golaghat also hit by the disease, health department sources said.

Measures to combat the disease were continuing with fogging, regular supply of vaccines and medicines to hospitals, district hospitals and other health centres, besides awareness campaigns at all administrative levels, including the local panchayats, the sources said.

The total number of JE positive cases registered in Assam on Monday was 323. Additionally, the number of deaths caused by Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) is at 160 while 947 AES infected cases have been registered in the state.

AES is a group of diseases that may or not pertain to JE.

The Barpeta district has remained the worst affected district in the state as the death toll rose to eight from five deaths within one week and confirmed positive cases jumped from 41 to 54 by Monday.