Japanese Encephalitis claimed 77 lives in Assam since July: National Health Mission

All nine medical colleges in Assam and 10 district hospitals have been designated as Japanese encephalitis treatment centres: Officials

August 19, 2022 05:16 pm | Updated 05:16 pm IST - Guwahati

An Indian municipal worker fumigates an area where pigs, thought to attract mosquitoes carrying Japanese encephalitis, are kept  at a makeshift housing settlement in Siliguri. File

An Indian municipal worker fumigates an area where pigs, thought to attract mosquitoes carrying Japanese encephalitis, are kept at a makeshift housing settlement in Siliguri. File | Photo Credit: AFP

Japanese encephalitis has claimed 77 lives in Assam and more than 370 cases have been reported since the last one month, a bulletin issued by the National Health Mission said.

Two fresh fatalities due to the infection were reported from Kamrup district, it said. Two new cases were also registered during the day, one each from Goalpara and Sonitpur.

The Japanese encephalitis tally in the State stood at 377.

All nine medical colleges in Assam and 10 district hospitals have been kept ready with ICU and laboratory test facilities, and designated as Japanese encephalitis treatment centres, officials said.

It is a viral brain infection that spreads through mosquito bites. The virus is found in pigs and birds, and is passed to mosquitoes when they bite the infected animals.

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