Japanese Encephalitis toll at 474

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Gorakhpur, Nov 24 (UNI) Japanese Encephalitis (JE) claimed three more lives in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 474 in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

The toll has risen to 474 following the death of three more children. Last year, JE had killed almost 1,000 people in UP, while the scourage has already killed several thousands of people in the region over the last decade.

Official sources said so far, 2,570 JE patients had reported at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College here and other district hospitals in the division, of which 474, including 55 from Bihar and 4 from Nepal had died.

Since yesterday, 13 fresh JE cases had come to light. Almost 131 JE patients were still convalescing at the various 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 the dubious distiction of being the JE epicentre 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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