1997 - Encephalitis in Nepal - Update
10 October 1997
Disease Outbreak Reported
The number of cases of encephalitis increased markedly in September. The increase was mainly in the Nepalgunj and Dhangadi sentinel sites where, in the period 30 August to 26 September, two zonal hospitals reported 578 and 297 cases respectively. The total for all sentinel sites of 992 cases and 52 deaths reported during this period brings the cumulative total since mid-April 1997 to 1,364 cases and 84 deaths. The case fatality rate has decreased from 8.7% between mid-April and the end of August to 5.2% in September.
(Based on EWARS (Early Warning Reporting System) Bulletin Nos. 21 to 24, 1997, Nepal)