Amid Covid Spike, Deaths Due To Japanese Encephalitis Rise In Assam

With about 14 per cent mortality rate, about 60 times higher than Assam's COVID-19 mortality rate, Japanese Encephalitis has claimed 29 lives already this year.

Amid Covid Spike, Deaths Due To Japanese Encephalitis Rise In Assam

Kamrup (rural) and Jorhat in Upper Assam are the worst-affected districts (Representational)

New Delhi:

At a time when Assam is witnessing a major COVID-19 spike, a Japanese Encephalitis outbreak has also been reported from different parts of the state raising concerns.

With about 14 per cent mortality rate, about 60 times higher than Assam's COVID-19 mortality rate, Japanese Encephalitis has claimed 29 lives already this year.

The vector bourne-disease spread by Culex mosquitos, this year, has affected at least 199 people in 29 out of 33 districts in the state, a bulletin from National Health Mission (NHM), Assam, said on Sunday.
In Assam now only Dina Hasao, Udalguri and Karbi Anglong districts have not reported a Japanese Encephalitis cases, rest 29 have.  

Kamrup (rural) adjoining Guwahati and Jorhat in Upper Assam are the worst-affected districts, the official sources further added. 

The global pandemic COVID-19 has affected over 32 thousand killing 79 persons in the state so far.

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Japanese Encephalitis has been a perennial problem in the Northeast that affects the states during annual floods.

In 2013, 134 people of the illness, 165 died in 2014; 135 in 2015; 92 in 2016; 87 in 2017, 94 in 2018 and nearly 150 in 2019.

In Assam, every year 30% of the infected patients lose their lives, sources further added.