300-plus positive encephalitis cases detected in Assam, death toll crosses 60

Guwahati, August 10: As many as 308 cases of Japanese encephalitis (JE) have been detected in Assam.

The JE, which is an acute inflammation of the brain and spreads through mosquito bites, has claimed 66 lives till now in the state. The highest number of casualties has been recorded in Dibrugarh (13), as per reports.

As per reports, the number of JE-related deaths has increased in Sonitpur and Kamrup as compared to the last year. Till Thursday, ten cases of casualties in Kamrup and eight in Sivasagar have been recorded. Seven JE casualty cases have been reported in Sonitpur till now, as per reports.

A total of 24 JE cases in Sonitpur and 20 JE cases in Kamrup have been reported.

According to the National Health Profile 2017, published by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence, from 2012 to 2017, Assam recorded the highest number of JE casualties in the country.

Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Lakhimpur and Golaghat have been put on high alert due to the increasing cases of detection of JE cases.

It may be mentioned that JE symptoms usually take 5-15 days to develop and include fever, headache, vomiting,  confusion, and difficulty moving.