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Over 570 die of brain fever in India

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Almosy 575 people in India have died after contracting encephalitis, commonly known as “brain fever,” health authorities said yesterday, warning the death toll may rise with more people still at risk.

Outbreaks of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and Japanese Encephalitis are common every year in India, especially during the monsoon season, and claim hundreds of lives.But this year, major outbreaks, usually most prevalent in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, have spread to regions such as West Bengal and Assam further east and north, killing 568 people.

In West Bengal, where at least 111 people have died from both strains, a senior health official said authorities were taking emergency steps to contain the outbreak. “We have sounded an alert in seven districts and canceled the leave of health department officials,” West Bengal’s Health Services Director B.R. Satpathy said.The health department has set up clinics across affected areas and is trying to prevent breeding of mosquitoes by fogging, especially around pig farms, where there is a high risk of contracting the virus.

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain, caused by any one of a number of viruses, says the World Health Organization.Symptoms include fever, vomiting and, in severe cases, seizures, paralysis and coma. Infants and elderly people are particularly vulnerable. It is most often caused by eating or drinking contaminated food or water, from mosquito or other insect bites, or through breathing in respiratory droplets from an infected person. There were 1,273 deaths due to encephalitis in 2013 compared with 440 deaths from malaria.


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