Via Firstpost.com: West Bengal's encephalitis death toll climbs to 254. Excerpt:
Kolkata: The encephalitis outbreak in West Bengal this year has so far claimed 254 lives, an official said Tuesday claiming that the situation is now "under control".
According to B.R. Satpathi, director of state health services, 254 Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) deaths have been reported since January. Of these, 45 deaths were due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE).
JE is a subset of AES caused by the mosquito-borne virus. Representational image. Agencies.
The number of deaths this year due to AES in north Bengal is 169.
Three suspected cases have been reported in the past two days.
"The situation is under control now," Satpathi told IANS.
Encephalitis is a disease that results in inflammation of the brain, affecting the patient's central nervous system. It can be caused due to bacterial or viral infections of the brain, injection of toxic substances or increased complications of an infectious disease.