Japanese Encephalitis toll climbs to 529

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Gorakhpur, Dec 12 (UNI) The killer vector-borne menace, Japanese Encephalitis (JE), continued to claim lives of children in eastern Uttar Pradesh with the toll mounting to 529, following the death of one more person in the last 24 hours.

Since January, 2,737 JE patients had been admitted to the famous Baba Raghav Das Medical College here and other hospitals of the division, of which 529, including 61 Biharis and five Nepalis, succumbed.

Five fresh cases have been admitted to the medical college,where 43 are still recuperating. 13 others were convalescing in other district hospitals.

The JE patients trickle 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.

UNI

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