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Japanese Encephalitis has already claimed 64 lives in Assam this year
Japanese Encephalitis has already claimed 64 lives in Assam this year|Representational image
TRIPURA

Tripura on alert after Japanese Encephalitis outbreak in Assam

The flavivirus has claimed at least 64 lives this year in neighbouring Assam; an alert has also been sounded in Mizoram, which shares borders with the state

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: The North Tripura district of Tripura has been put on alert by the state health department after the outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Assam. The district shares a border with the state.

“We have informed the entire district chief medical officers to remain on alert for the spread of Japanese Encephalitis. The disease affected some parts of neighbouring Assam. We have also directed our officials in the North Tripura district to conduct awareness camps in villages,” said health secretary Dr Debasish Basu.

Meanwhile, North Tripura chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Jagadish Nama informed reporters that on June 15, a patient was found to be suffering from Japanese Encephalitis at Damcherra, a remote indigenous village of the ditrict, around 180 km from state capital Agartala.

“After the treatment, we visited the area and his residence. The person is well now. We have started conducting awareness camps in the regain and other adjacent areas. We have also alerted our staff at various primary health centres in North Tripura to keep a close watch on the situation,” Nama told reporters.

Japanese encephalitis has claimed at least 64 lives in neighbouring Assam so far. An alert has also been sounded in Mizoram, which also shares a border with Assam.