With encephalitis claiming one more life, the death toll due to the viral disease in eastern Uttar Pradesh has mounted to 275, health officials said in Gorakhpur today [11 Sep 2912].
Additional Director (Health) Diwakar Prasad said a child from Deoria district died of the disease on Monday night [10 Sep 2012] at Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur.
During the weekend [7-8 Sep 2012] 30 new patients were admitted, he said, adding, about 270 encephalitis patients were being treated at BRD Medical College Hospital and the adjoining district hospitals.
As many as 1650 encephalitis patients were admitted this year  to various government hospitals, out of which 275 have succumbed to the deadly disease.
Commentary: I've personally seen the devastation caused by JE and similar virus in children, during the 'epidemics' that occur yearly just after the rains (sept) in Haryana & Western UP during my stint in PGI, Chandigarh.
It is very important for government programs to target the vulnerable population by giving Japanese Encephalitis vaccination to all children in the affected regions of North India.