Japanese Encephalitis was first clinically diagnosed in 1955 in Tamil Nadu, India. As of July 2019, the JE virus has spread across the country with a few exceptions in some states according to IAMAT.
The number of cases of JE in Assam have risen to 82, with six more people dead this monday.
The health minister, Hemanta Biswas Sharma ,mentioned that the Assam government is aware of the lack of ICU facilties, following which he asked all the doctors and paramedical staff to monitor the affected people without any kind of emergency leave and unauthorized absence.
Over 40 cases has been detected in Bihar’s town Magadh and so far 12 children have died. Earlier in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur almost 130 children have succumbed to death due to the outbreak of this disease.
The cases of Japanese encephalitis outbreak are reported in Arunachal Pradesh. As of now no death have been reported due to JE in the state. All the 11 patients tested positive with Japanese Encephalitis virus are under treatment in various hospitals. The Department of Health and Family Welfare in the state has initiated all preventive and necessary steps to contain the virus from further spreading.