Guwahati, July 5
Japanese encephalitis has taken the life of one person already, while another positive case has been announced in Kamrup (metro) district in the past two days. In Boko, there is one suspected Japanese encephalitis death and two positive cases being reported. One suspected Japanese encephalitis death has also been reported from Sivasagar town.
Japanese encephalitis has claimed the life of Sarba Goala, 42, from Khetri in Kamrup (metro), on July 3, while Aman Pradhan, 24, from Birkuchi in the Sonapur development block was tested positive. Aman recieved treatment at the hospital and is now recupating at home.
While in North Guwahati and Nagarbera in Kamrup district, two cases have been tested positive for the disease.
The district health department, could not certify whether the man, who died in Boko on July 5, was infected with the Japanese encephalitis. The patient underwent treatment in Down Town Hospital. They have sent his blood sample for confirmation and will be able to confirm if he actually died of the disease once the results comes out. While, the details of the three patients were also unavailable.
Joint director of Sivasagar district health services, R. Borpujari, mentioned that there has been a suspected Japanese encephalitis death in Sivasagar town. The patient was undergoing treatment at a private nursing home there. His blood sample has already been sent for confirmatory tests. One death due to Japanese encephalitis was also declared in Gaurisagar last month.
Death in Kokrajhar
Ansuli Narzary, 24, of Titaguri Samgaon village in Kokrajhar, was admitted to R.N. Brahma Civil Hospital in Kokrajhar on July 1, but later succumb to Japanese encephalitis on July 5, at a private Nursing Home in Bongaigaon.
Ansuli was a mother of a four-and-a half year old daughter, and was also reportedly seven-month pregnant. This is the first reported case of Japanese encephalitis this year in Kokrajhar.
In 2014, six people succumb to the disease, while several others tested positive. Since R.N. Brahma Civil Hospital lacks proper infrastructure, most of the patients were referred to other hospitals.
Japanese encephalitis, a Culex mosquito-borne disease, is transmitted to humans from pigs and wild birds. The disease lacks a definite prescription and only symptomatic treatment is administered to patients. Vaccination against the disease is the BEST way to prevent it.
Date: 2015, July 6