Gorakhpur, Sep 20 (UNI) The deadly vector-borne menace, Japanese Encephalitis (JE) toll mounted to 174, following five more deaths today in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
According to sources, since January 1,090 JE patients had been admitted at the famous Baba Raghav Das Medical College here and several district hospitals in the region, of which 174, including 18 Biharis, succumbed.
Almost 147 patients -- including 31 fresh cases -- are in remission.
The JE patients trickle from Gorakhpur, Deoria, Maharajganj, Sant Kabirnagar, Kushinagar, Ballia, Gonda, Bahraich, Mau, Basti, Siddharthnagar, Azamgarh, Gonda and Balrampur districts of UP.
Gorakhpur has the dubious distinction of being the JE epicentre in the region. The endemic afflicts eastern UP during monsoon every year. Last year, the killer disease had taken almost 1,000 people under its jaws.
The government undertakens a massive vaccination drive against the vector-borne disease every year, however, the efficacy and penetration of the drive comes under cloud with the mounting toll.