We haven't had any encephalitis news from India recently, but children are still contracting it and they've become a political issue. Via The Statesman: Japanese encephalitis deaths in Bihar raised in Lok Sabha.
The death of a large number of children due to suspected Japanese encephalitis in Muzaffarpur in Bihar was raised in Lok Sabha today, with an RJD member asking the government to get doctors from abroad to treat them.
“Though the disease is being called Japanese encephalitis, its exact nature has not yet been ascertained and neither its treatment,” RJD member Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav said during Zero Hour.
Asking the government to take immediate medical help, he said a panel of foreign medical experts should be urgently sent to Muzaffarpur district. “An estimated 200 children between 3-5 years have already died,” he said