Japanese Encephalitis toll at 210

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Gorakhpur, Sep 5 (UNI) The vector-borne Japanese Encephalitis (JE) toll in East Uttar Pradesh today climbed to 210 after the death of three more children.

The scourge has killed several thousands people in the region over the last decade.

According to sources, two children succumbed in Kushinagar, while one died in Gorakhpur.

The sources said that this year so far, 1137 JE patients had come to the Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Gorakhpur district hospital, of which 210, including two of Nepal and 16 of Bihar, succumbed.

In the last 24 hours, 17 new cases had come to light, while 173 JE patients were still in remission.

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.


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