Assam: Japanese Encephalitis claims 23 lives since April


Guwahati: Whilst the flood situation in Assam appears to improve, another outbreak in the state– Japanese Encephalitis (JE)– has claimed the lives of as many as 23 people since April 2022.

The sudden spread of the mosquito-borne disease Japanese Encephalitis, which is a viral brain infection, has become critical in the state.

In the last 24 hours, four people–two each from the flood-hit Morigaon and Nalbari districts– have died in the state due to the infection, taking the death toll in the state to 23.

The report from the National Health Mission informed that at least 16 fresh cases of Japanese Encephalitis were detected in the state in the last 24 hours.

Out of these fresh cases, four were found in Nagaon, three each in Nalbari and Udalguri, two in Sivasagar, and one each in Barpeta, Kamrup (Metro), Karbi Anglong East, and the Hojai district.

So far, 160 cases of Japanese Encephalitis have been detected across the state.

The State Health Department has directed all district administrations to form a district rapid response team and to take appropriate measures on Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).

According to the reports of the Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, in the last four years, Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) have claimed 1,069 lives in the state.

In 2018, 277 people in the state lost their lives to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), while 514 people died in 2019, 147 died in 2020, and 131 in 2021.