Assam in the grip of en­cephali­tis

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

THE NUM­BER of cases of Ja­panese en­cephali­tis is on the rise in Assam. As many as 26 of the 27 dis­tricts in the state are af­fected by it. The dis­ease has claimed 160 lives and in­fected over 740 since May. Ja­panese en­cephali­tis is a type of Acute En­cephali­tis Syn­drome (AES), trans­mit­ted by Culex mos­qui­toes. It causes in­flam­ma­tion of the brain and high fever. The state gov­ern­ment says that the to­tal num­ber of AES cases re­ported be­tween May and Septem­ber 17 is 2,071 and the num­ber of deaths is 347. Assam of­fi­cials ac­cept the prob­lem is se­ri­ous. Man­ish Thakur, mis­sion di­rec­tor, Na­tional Ru­ral Health Mis­sion, Assam, says, "We have pro­posed vac­ci­na­tion of Ja­panese en­cephali­tis pa­tients all over the state and re­quested for funds."


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