Japanese Encephalitis toll at 430

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Gorakhpur, Nov 14 (UNI) The deadly Japanese Encephalitis (JE) toll in Uttar Pradesh has reached a staggering figure of 430 with the death of two more children in the last 24 hours here.

Previous year, JE had claimed more than 1,000 lives in UP alone.

Official sources said the inflow of JE patients continued unabated at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College here.

Since January this year, a total of 2,434 people sufferring from JE had been admitted at the medical college and other hospitals of the division, of which 430, including 54 Biharis and four Nepalis, succumbed.

Almost 140 patients, including 21 fresh cases, were still recuperating.

The patients trickle from Gorakhpur, Deoria, Maharajganj, Sant Kabirnagar, Kushinagar, Basti, Siddharthnagar, Azamgarh, Gonda and Balrampur district of UP. Some cases also pertain to the adjoining districts of Bihar.

The endemic afflicts eastern UP during monsoon every year.

UNI

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