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Japanese Encephalitis: More than 100 people succumb to the deadly disease in West Bengal and Assam
About 165 people in Assam and 105 people in West Bengal have so far died due to Japanese Encephalitis. This mosquito-borne virus in the seven north Bengal districts and other areas of Assam is very acute and the syndrome is spreading its arm with each passing day. Yesterday, three more deaths have been reported from the North Bengal Medical College Hospital (NBMC).

Encephalitis syndrome is an acute inflammation of the brain which directly affects someone's memory and create drowsiness or confusion. Since January more than 370 cases had been reported in the state of Assam and the state government has already declared red alert in the affected districts.

The corrective majors are also taken by the local municipalities to maintain cleanliness and undertake fogging activities regularly to control the disease. The most affected district in Assam is Jalpaiguri including rural areas in Dhupguri and Moynaguri due to the presence of large number of piggeries from where this syndrome has surfaced.

Assamese chief minister Tarun Gogoi has already held an emergency meeting to review the health scenario with senior officials in the backdrop of outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).

Meanwhile opposition parties in West Bengal like BJP has blamed the state government for not taking action to control the disease from spreading and termed it as negligence on the part of the TMC led government.

State BJP President Rahul Sinha while talking to merinews.com said, "It is failure of the TMC government and the state's health department. If the corrective measures would have been taken on time (before 6 months) then the situation won't have deteriorated that much."

He also added, "When this syndrome had started off and killed 3-4 people the government ignored it as it is doing the same currently. The government should have tried to chop off the root of the the disease earlier when the symptoms of the syndrome appeared. So, according to me this shows the negligence and ignorance of state government to such a sensitive issue. Failure is not a good word to explain the negligence of the government."

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