In all 57 deaths and 234 cases of Japanese encephalitis (JE) have been reported in Assam till Monday, according to a National Health Mission (NHM) bulletin. Eight more deaths and 44 fresh JE cases have been reported since Friday in the state where the transmission season is at its peak.
Though the death figure of 57 was reported till Monday from January this year, the intensity of the disease increased since last month, official sources said. Of the 33 districts in the state, 32 are now affected, and only Kokrajhar is out of is influence, the Health Minister, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, said on Saturday.
The situation is under close watch and all preventive measures are being taken, he said. The government has cancelled leaves of all doctors, nurses, para-medical staff and other health workers.