SILCHAR, June 19 - As many as 23 persons have been suspected to be down with Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AEC) in the district and two persons out of the six positive cases detected have died so far.
According to reports received from officials of the District Health Department, two persons identified as Rajendra Roy, (80), a resident of Kalain and Sanku Das (65), of Rajatilla in Katigorah constituency succumbed to the disease in the months of March and May respectively. Sources at SM Dev Civil Hospital informed that there were three positive cases of encephalitis detected at Jalalpur in Katigorah block. The other positive cases have been detected at Sonai, Harinagar and Silchar (Urban). However, the solitary positive case found at Harinagar has been vaccinated and the patient is reportedly recovering. Similarly, out of two positive cases detected at Sonai, one patient has been vaccinated.
However, the Cachar District Health Society has geared up with preventive measures to keep the disease at bay.
Dr Ajit Bhattacharjee, the District Surveillance Officer, Cachar Health Department, said that routine vaccination is in progress across areas where the disease has been found to have infected people.
�Understanding the gravity of the situation, we have taken up measures under the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme. Also, a meeting of the District Task Force to fight encephalitis was held on June 17 headed by ADC Biram Dev Sharma and cleanliness has been given foremost priority. Fogging and other measures have been accelarated in areas across the district and we have also asked the private hospitals to report cases on all kinds of vector-borne diseases,� Dr Bhattacharjee told The Assam Tribune on Wednesday.