Jorhat: A massive outbreak of encephalitis has claimed 13 lives in Jorhat, Assam. While six died due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE), seven lost their lives to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Jorhat District. A total 22 cases of Japanese encephalitis and 12 cases of AES were reported in the district hospitals.
“Today, 34 cases have been reported. Out of that 22 have found to be positive of Japanese encephalitis and others are AES and till now six have died of JE positive and seven of AES,” said Joint Director of Health Services, Jorhat, Mobidur Rehman.
Japanese encephalitis is characterised by inflammation of the brain and high fever. The first case in the district was reported on January 13. The suspected JE patients are undergoing treatment in Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMC&H).