Assam tops in Japanese encephalitis cases, death toll rises to 60

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The new fatality due to the infection was reported in Tinsukia, Dima Hasao, and Darrang districts in the last 24 hours.
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Assam: Japanese Encephalitis death toll reaches to 66 since July 1
Assam: Japanese Encephalitis death toll reaches to 66 since July 1

Guwahati: Japanese Encephalitis claimed three more lives in Assam on Friday, taking the death toll to 60 since July 1.

The new fatality due to the infection was reported in Tinsukia, Dima Hasao, and Darrang districts in the last 24 hours.

At least six new cases were reported, taking the tally to 345 in the state.

Among fresh cases are two detected in Morigaon and one each in Bongaigaon, Darrang, Dima Hasao and Kamrup.

All districts, except South Salmara and Karbi Anglong, have been affected by the deadly disease.

On Friday, the official said that Assam reported the highest number of cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in the country in 2021.

Union Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said this in the Lok Sabha.

He added Assam reported 218 cases of JE in 2021 followed by Jharkhand (180) and Uttar Pradesh (153).

Japanese encephalitis is a viral brain infection spread through mosquito bites. The virus is found in pigs and birds and is passed to mosquitoes when they bite infected animals.

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