Emergencies preparedness, response

Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in India

13 September 2005

1145 cases of Japanese encephalitis have been reported from 14 districts of Uttar Pradesh Province, India from 29 July to 30 August 2005. About one-fourth of these (n=296) have died. 90 cases from the adjoining districts of Bihar have also been admitted to the hospitals in Uttar Pradesh.

The majority of the affected villages have reported only single cases. Entomological surveys in the affected villages have revealed high density of Culex tritaeniorhynchus and Culex vishnui group – the vectors of Japanese Encephalitis (JE).

For more information, please see the web site of the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia