Japanese Encephalitis toll in UP at 157
Gorakhpur, Sep 14 (UNI) The killer Japanese Encephalitis (JE) toll in Uttar Pradesh reached a staggering figure of 157 following the death of six more children today.
Joint Director (Health) Dr Umakant Prasad said here the inflow of patients was continuing at Baba Raghav Das Medical College.
Since April, a total of 835 people, mostly children, suffering from JE have been admitted at the medical college, of which 113 -- including 25 fresh cases -- were still under treatment.
The patients belong to Gorakhpur, Deoria, Maharajganj, Sant Kabirnagar, Kushinagar, Basti, Siddharthnagar, Azamgarh, Gonda and Balrampur district of the state.
Out of the cases reported here, at least 125 pertain to Bihar, While Nepal accounts for four cases.
Gorakhpur has the dubious distiction of being the JE epicentre in the region. The endemic afflicts eastern UP during monsoon every year.
The government had undertaken a massive vaccination drive against the vector-borne disease, but its efficacy and penetration has come under cloud with the mounting toll.
Meanwhile, a medical team from Pune was conducting tests to ascertain the cause of the disease.
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