Gorakhpur, Nov 20 (UNI) The killer vector-borne menace Japanese Encephalitis (JE) continued to target children in eastern Uttar Pradesh with the toll mounting to 458, following 5 more deaths during the last 24 hours.
Since January, 2,514 JE patients had been admitted at the famous Baba Raghav Das Medical College, here and other hospitals of the division, of which 458, including 54 Biharis and four Nepalis, succumbed to the disease.
Almost 132 patients -- including 11 fresh cases -- are still in remission.
The JE patients were hailing 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 undertakes 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.