Thursday, August 18, 2005

JE epidemic looms large- The Times of India

JE epidemic looms large
LUCKNOW: As the official death toll following spread of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Gorakhpur district shot up to 79, fresh cases being reported from the terai region have pressed panic buttons. The viral disease now threatens to assume the proportion of an epidemic in the region. The toll has crossed the 100-mark, according to unofficial sources.

While the senior authorities of the state health department remained engaged in closed-door meetings throughout the day in Gorakhpur as well as in the state capital, finalising a blueprint to tackle the menace, governor TV Rajeswar postponed his visit to meet the victims of JE in Gorakhpur on Wednesday. He will now tour the district on Thursday.

Meanwhile, two special teams of doctors were dispatched from Lucknow to assist senior health officials of Gorakhpur in their endeavour to save the people from the deadly disease. Director general (DG), medical health, Dr OP Singh, and director, communicable diseases, Dr Bharti were set to leave for Gorakhpur by late on Wednesday night.

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