6 more die of Japanese Encephalitis, toll at 336

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Gorakhpur, Oct 20 (UNI) The vector-borne deadly Japanese Encephalitis (JE) toll reached 336, following the death of six more children today.

Last year, the deadly JE had killed almost 1,000 people in UP.

The scourage has already killed several thousands of people in the region over the last decade.

The fresh casualty, includes two residents of Kushinagar and Deoria each, one each from Siddharthnagar and Bihar.

Officials sources said so far, 1,943 JE patients had reported at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College and other district hospitals in the division, of which 336 including 44 from Bihar and three from Nepal had died.

188 people are still recuperating in Gorakhpur medical college and other district hospitals.

JE patients, mostly trickle from Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Sant Kabirnagar, Deoria, Kushinagar, Basti, Siddharthnagar, Azamgarh, Gonda, Bahraich, Mau, Ballia and Balrampur districts of UP.

Gorakhpur has been the JE epicenter in the region.

The endemic afflicts eastern UP during monsoon every year and continues to take people under its jaws till the onset of winters.

UNI

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