8 Dead, 82 Infected After Japanese Encephalitis Outbreak In Flood-Hit Assam

8 Dead, 82 Infected After Japanese Encephalitis Outbreak In Flood-Hit Assam

Over the past nine-days, eight people have been killed and 82 others infected in Assam by Japanese Encephalitis. Health officials have asked the district authorities to create District Rapid Response Teams, and monitor the situation closely.

In Assam, Malaria and Japanese Encephalitis are two of the most common diseases. They affect many Assamese every year.

The National Health Mission (NHM) reports that since July 1, eight persons have died, and 82 have been infected with the vector-borne illness.

Avinash Joshi, Principal Secretary of Assam Health Department and Dr MS Lakshmi Priya, Director at NHM conducted a video conference meeting with district officials on Saturday to discuss the matter and ask them to form DRRTs before July 16.

NHM issued guidelines and a Standard Operating procedure to address the outbreak.

Officials said that there were at least 40 deaths in northeastern states last year due to Japanese Encephalitis.