Japanese Encephalitis (JE) has claimed at least 21 lives from various parts of Assam in the past three months, revealed the Health Department of India.
“So far 21 deaths have taken place out of 69 reported cases of Japanese encephalitis (JE) from April to June in Assam,” stated Sanjeeva Kumar, Additional Secretary (Health).
The Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan had dispatched a central team to review the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) situation in view of recently reported cases in Assam. A four-member team headed by Sanjeeva Kumar had reviewed the JE situation in the state. The team involved senior officers from the National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme in New Delhi.
The conditions are constantly being monitored and all measures have been taken to control the disease, said Kumar, assuring that overall situation is under control.
The Union Health Ministry is providing all logistical and technical support to the Assam government in terms of surveillance and diagnostic kits to strengthen their efforts in dealing with the JE in the state.
JE is vector-borne encephalitis transmitted by Culex groups of mosquitoes. These mosquitoes breed mainly in rice fields and large water bodies rich in aquatic vegetations. Migratory birds along with pigs in the community play an important role in the transmission of JE from one area to other areas.