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Japanese encephalitis surges in Haldwani


Japanese encephalitis surges in Haldwani

Haldwani, August 25 (ANI): Uttarakhand registered two cases of Japanese encephalitis in Haldwani district, officials said on Tuesday. Two minors, aged 9 and 11, fell prey to the disease in the state.

They are undergoing treatment at state-run hospital in Haldwani. Their condition is reported to be critical.

Outbreaks of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and Japanese Encephalitis are common every year in India, especially during the monsoon season, and claim hundreds of lives. Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain, caused by any one of a number of viruses, says the World Health Organisation.

Symptoms include high fever, vomiting and, in severe cases, seizures, paralysis and coma. Infants and elderly people are particularly vulnerable.

Encephalitis 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.

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