TANGLA: There have been several reported positive cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Udalguri. “Udalguri have reported 6 and 14 positive cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) respectively. Five of the JE patients are undergoing treatment at GMCH and one is lodged at Tezpur Mission Hospital. One patient identified as Prabhu Bhakat (56), an inhabitant of Khusubil near Paneri in Udalguri, died in GMCH and many fresh cases are expected as samples of patients with symptoms have been sent and reports are awaited,” said the Joint Director of Health Services, Udalguri, Dr Tayabur Rahman.
Sonali Guria (6), an inhabitant of Dhansirighat in Udalguri, who was diagnosed with AES, also died as per sources in the district medical department. “Besides the preventive measures, the single most important preventive method is vaccination against Japanese Encephalitis. The vaccine is freely available through the Government of India for children (1 to 15 years), and the adults can get the vaccine through private clinics at affordable rates costing around Rs 600 per injection and total of two doses is sufficient,” said Dr Sidda Lingaiah N of Biological E., a biopharmaceutical company based in Hyderabad, Telangana. “Control of these diseases require robust disease surveillance and integrated vector management on a sustained basis, ensuring universal coverage of evidence-based key interventions based on sound epidemiological data,” he added.