Assam reports 17 more new cases of Japanese Encephalitis, 3 more die


Guwahati: At least, three more people lost their lives due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Assam on Tuesday.

With this, the total death rises to 13 people due to the infection this month in the state.

In the last 24 hours, Assam reported 17 more new cases of Japanese Encephalitis, taking the tally to 115 in this month.

Out of the 17 new cases, six were reported from the district of Jorhat, while three were detected in Sivasagar, two each were reported from Nagaon, Dhemaji and Sonitpur along with one each from Dhubri and Kamrup (Metro).

On Monday, arournd 12 new cases of Japanese Encephalitis reported and two people died of the disease in Assam.

Moreover, Japanese encephalitis is a viral brain infection. It spreads through mosquito bites. Every year, many people were killed in the state due to Japanese Encephalitis and Malaria, especially during the monsoon flood season between May and October.

Last year at least 40 deaths were reported in the northeastern state due to Japanese Encephalitis, officials said.