'Japanese fever' wreaks havoc in this state again, 16 people lost their lives
'Japanese fever' wreaks havoc in this state again, 16 people lost their lives

Guwahati: An outbreak of Japanese encephalitis is being witnessed in Assam. An official statement said that three more people have succumbed to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Assam. The National Health Mission, Assam, in its statement said that during the last 24 hours, two persons have died in Karimganj and one in Sivasagar due to JE.

It was reported that with these deaths, a total of 16 people have lost their lives due to JE in the state. A total of 121 JE cases have been registered in Assam since July 1. Besides, three new cases of JE have been found in Dhemaji, two in Morigaon and one in Dibrugarh. According to the Union Health Ministry, 435 cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) had been reported in Assam till September 2021, out of which 80 patients lost their lives. At the same time, 212 cases of JE were reported, out of which 39 patients lost their lives. Till September last year, Assam's share in AES and JE deaths in the country was 60.15 per cent and 76.47 per cent respectively.

Let's say that Japanese encephalitis is a serious disease. It is caused by the virus spread by infected mosquitoes in Asia and the Western Pacific region. Je viruses are one of the groups of viruses that spread from mosquitoes, which can cause inflammation of the brain (encephalitis). The Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV) is the main cause of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in India. According to reports, more than 2,400 people died due to AES and JE infections in Assam between 2014 and 2020. According to the data, 525 people died due to JE and AES in 2014, 395 in 2015, 279 in 2016, 265 in 2017, 277 in 2018, 514 in 2019 and 147 in 2020.

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