GUWAHATI, Dec 14 - Altogether 1,471 persons were afflicted with acute encephalitis syndrome (AEC) in Assam till December 10 this year, and out of them 180 died. This was revealed by officials associated with the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) in Assam.
In case of Japanese encephalitis (JE), altogether 499 persons got affected and among them 94 died. In case of dengue, altogether 163 were affected but no death was reported. In case of chikungunya, two cases have been reported so far in the State with no death reported during the same period.
On the other hand, in case of malaria, altogether 2,603 positive cases have been detected in Assam till December 10.
Among those cases, altogether 1,938 persons were affected with Plasmodium falciparum pathogen and the remaining 665 were affected with Plasmodium vivax pathogen.
According to NVBDCP officials in Assam, this year malaria cases have been comparatively low than last year when around 5,000 people were affected across the State. But this time the disease claimed two lives, unlike last year when no deaths were reported.
This year, malaria claimed one life each in Cachar and Dima Hasao districts. The highest number – 1,624 – of cases were reported from Udalguri district till December 10, followed by Karbi Anglong district with 352 cases and Kokrajhar with 134 positive cases.
Moreover, altogether 18,97,286 blood slide collections were done by the State health department till December 10. In some districts like Bongaigaon, Dhemaji, Goalpara, Hailakandi, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Karbi Anglong, Nagaon, Sonitpur and Tinsukia, slide collection is still continuing despite the end of the epidemic season of the disease.
“This year the two deaths were totally unexpected. Actually there is still lack of awareness about prevention of malaria among some sections of people in some districts. To prevent the disease, mass participation is a must, which however, is not seen in some places,” an official of NVBDCP said.
The official also stated that even now malaria is still prevalent in some forest areas of the State. This has necessitated blood slide collection and examination.