The National Health Mission, Assam reported this week that the number of Japanese encephalitis (JE) has risen to 238. An additional three fatalities brings the JE death toll to at least 38.
JE is the most important cause of viral encephalitis in Asia. About 68,000 clinical cases are reported annually. It usually occurs in rural or agricultural areas, often associated with rice farming.
JE virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected Culex species mosquitoes, particularly Culex tritaeniorhynchus.
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Most JE virus infections are mild (fever and headache) or without apparent symptoms, but approximately 1 in 250 infections results in severe disease characterized by rapid onset of high fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, seizures, spastic paralysis and death. The case-fatality rate can be as high as 30% among those with disease symptoms.
There is a protective vaccine against Japanese encephalitis virus.
Watch out for the signs and symptoms and remain protected from JE.@MoHFW_INDIA @keshab_mahanta @PomiBaruah @diprassam @BrightsonNHM @mygovassam pic.twitter.com/6yGuF21goY
— NHM_Assam (@nhm_assam) July 22, 2022
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