Two new JE cases detected in Garo Hills raising it to 17 patients

TURA: Barely a day goes by with more and more patients turning up with the Japanese Encephalitis disease in Garo Hills.Less than 24 hours since 13 cases of JE were found positive in the West Garo Hills district, another two more patients have been found in South Garo Hills region.A 24 year old man from Kapasipara village and a 68 year elderly man from Chokpot Bibragre are the latest victims of Japanese Encephalitis.West Garo Hills has so far had the highest number of infections of Japanese Encephalitis with Tura town being the worst hit by the outbreak prompting the state government to rush in it’s Nodal Officer for vector borne diseases to Tura.The first two cases were reported from Upper Chandmari and Simkalanggre village and soon after 13 cases were detected in the same district with 9 positive cases from Tura.The patients are not solely from any particular area but spread across the town.Patients have been detected from Upper Chandmari (3 patients), Daren Agal (1), Dobasipara (1), Tentengkol (1), R C Road (1), Nikwatgre (1) and one more from Najing Bazar.Another positive case has come from Chokchokia in Rajabala, one more from Garobadha and another from Wakantagre in Mukdangra. A thirteen years old girl who did not give her address is the 13th positive case to be taken in for treatment.Absence of any monitoring on the rearing of pigs, particularly in Tura town by the authorities, is believed to have further aggregated the situation as the highest number of cases now come from the most important town in Garo Hills.