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Japanese Encephalitis Outbreak in Assam’s Sivasagar District

An outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Assam’s Sivasagar district has resulted in three fatalities, with 12 individuals currently undergoing treatment. Additionally, 13 more people are displaying encephalitis-like symptoms, pending confirmation.

Health officials attribute the outbreak to increased mosquito breeding due to flood conditions, heightening the risk of infection. Measures have been implemented, including mosquito spraying around patient residences and flood-affected areas to curb mosquito populations.

Special efforts include distributing ORS packets to prevent diseases like diarrhea among flood victims through ASHA workers. Medical teams are also administering medications across various locations to protect against JE, a viral brain infection transmitted through mosquito bites.

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