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Japanese Encephalitis Virus Takes Lives of 4 More People In Assam

Villages remain flooded, bringing death toll to 52, Double Trouble in Assam!

Several recent outbreaks of Monkeypox, Tomato Fever, and other diseases have occurred. We are not paying much attention to it, and things are now getting serious.

In India, 52 people have died due to the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), with four individuals dying in Assam in the last 24 hours. Japanese Encephalitis is caused by a virus that is transferred through the bite of infected mosquitos, and it is more prevalent in rural and agricultural regions.

All four individuals died in Nagaon district of central Assam. In the previous 24 hours, 3 new cases of Japanese Encephalitis have been identified in the state, one each in the districts of Bongaigaon, Majuli, and West Karbi Anglong.

Since July of this year, 305 instances of Japanese Encephalitis have been identified in the state. The NHM has created a set of procedures and guidelines to deal with the virus crisis, and health care workers have been conducting large illness awareness campaigns across the state.

Most JEV infections are moderate (fever and headache) or asymptomatic, but one in every 250 infections results in severe clinical illness. The incubation period ranges from 4 to 14 days.

Assam is already in flood, with over 90 villages in nine districts still submerged. Water levels in various rivers have risen as a result of incessant rains in portions of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Bhutan.

According to ANI, 199 people have died in floods and landslides in the state so far this year.

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