Gorakhpur, Nov 26 (UNI) The vector-borne deadly Japanese Encephalitis (JE) toll in eastern Uttar Pradesh today reached 480, following the death of six more children in the last 48 hours.
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, 2,601 JE patients had reported at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College here and other district hospitals in the division, of which 480, including 57 from Bihar and 4 from Nepal had died.
Since yesterday, 31 fresh JE cases had come to light. Almost 130 JE patients were still convalescing in 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.