Via The Times of India: Encephalitis cases increasing in Assam. Excerpt:
GUWAHATI: Cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) has gone up to 50 in the state and the death toll has reached eleven as four more people are reported to have died on Friday.
Cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) are also on the rise and as per the reports, the number shot up to 332 on Friday and the death toll has gone up to 47 from 41 on Thursday.
The areas mostly affected by JE and AES are Kamrup, Sivasagar, Dhubri, Morigaon, Darrang and Nalbari. Ramen Hazarika, joint director of health services said,
"The reason for the increase in the number of cases is because the programme of fogging could not be carried out due to the floods and rain."
"During monsoons, people are more prone to diseases, but we are still continuing with the awareness programme. Though we plan to resume the fogging programme once the floods have reduced, we still can't say anything," he said.
The official said it is difficult to avoid these diseases every year because a lot of people are engaged in pig farming, which is another reason for the spread of the disease.
"The virus causing this disease is transmitted by culex mosquitoes, which is mostly found in piggeries and so we are sensitizing the people on how to keep their piggeries clean and free of mosquitoes," he said.
For the last few years, diseases like JE and AES have become quite common in the state and though programmes such as adult vaccination was introduced by the health department last year, it hasn't helped much.