JE claims four more lives, death toll increases to 101

JE claims four more lives, death toll increases to 101

Activists of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) stage a protest against the authorities’ over the deaths due to Japanese Encephalitis outbreak, in front of the State Directorate of Health. PTI file photo

Four more people in Assam died due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE), taking the toll to 101 in the state, a National Health Mission (NHM) bulletin said.

One death each was reported from Udalguri, Baksa, Golaghat and Karbi Anglong districts on Friday, it said.

The deceased was undergoing treatment at different hospitals.

The number of JE-positive cases increased to 439, as 13 new ones were registered, the bulletin said.

JE is a vector-borne disease that affects the brain.

The NHM bulletin further said that cumulative figures for JE/AES (Acute Encephalitis Syndrome) deaths in the state since January was 222, while the number of JE/AES-positive cases during this period stood at 1,569.