The Bihar Post

Encephalitis claimed 1,207 lives in India in 2015

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NEW DELHI: A total of 1,207 people died of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) last year, as per a latest report of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India.

The report, however says, there is a decrease in encephalitis (AES) deaths from 1,719 in 2014 to 1,207 in 2015 in the country.

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As per the report, Bihar reported 90 deaths last year against 355 in 2014.

Likewise, Uttar Pradesh reported 479 encephalitis deaths in 2015, followed by 351 in West Bengal, 260 in Assam and two in Odisha.

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In 2014, altogether 627 deaths had been reported from Uttar Pradesh, 360 in Assam and 348 in West Bengal.

Health JP Nadda today told the Rajya Sabha that the disease surveillance had been strengthened for close monitoring of emergence of any sign of acute neurological illness.

According to him, the Inter Personal Communication (IPC) has been strengthened for early case detection and referral of cases to DHH/Tertiary care hospital (particularly in tribal areas) where health seeking practice is poor and traditional healers influence and co-habitation of domestic pigs.

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