Assam steps up measures

Guwahati: Assam health department has stepped up measures to combat the outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) which has so far claimed 252 lives in the state.

A spokesman of the health department said today the number of encephalitis deaths remained static at 252 – 69 due to JE and 183 in AES. The number of affected in the disease went up marginally to 1580 people, including 420 by JE and 1160 by AES.

Altogether 24 of the 27 districts are affected by the disease.

The Lower Assam districts of Barpeta, Nalbari, Darrang, Kamrup (Rural) and Kamrup (Metro) are the worst affected. (PTI)

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