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456 People Killed By a Mosquito Borne Disease

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posted on Aug, 18 2005 @ 10:07 AM
Updated title to reflect new count...

At least 93 people, mostly children, has been killed by Japanese encephalitis (brain fever) in a north Indian state over the past week. The disease is transmitted to humans through mosquito bites.

UP: Encephalitis death toll rises to 93

August 18, 2005

The death toll due to suspected Japanese encephalitis on Thursday rose to 93 as Uttar Pradesh Governor T V Rajeshwar visited the affected district and ordered a vaccination campaign to curb spread of the disease.

A total of 93 people, mostly children, have died from suspected Japanese encephalitis or brain fever so far, BRD Medical College Principal Saudan Singh said.

Pigs are believed to be the main carriers of the encephalitis virus, which is transmitted to humans through mosquito bites. The people have been advised to use mosquito nets and to take other measures to destroy the parasites.

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This doesn´t sound good. I hope they get this situation under control.

Related News Sources:
79 children die of suspected brain fever
ABC News: Encephalitis Kills 79 Children in India

[edit on 4-9-2005 by RANT]

posted on Aug, 18 2005 @ 10:14 AM
Is this the same thing as West Nile or is it something different?

Either way, it's not good!

[edit on 8/18/2005 by cmdrkeenkid]

posted on Aug, 18 2005 @ 10:27 AM

Originally posted by cmdrkeenkid
Is this the same thing as West Nile or is it something different?

I found this on WikiPedia:

WikiPedia: Japanese Encephalitis

Japanese Encephalitis is a mosquito borne virus from the family Flaviviridae. Domestic pigs and wild birds are reservoirs of the virus, transmission to humans may cause severe symptoms. One of the most important vectors of this disease is the mosquito Culex tritaeniorhynchus. This disease usually affects people in South East Asia and the Far East.

Signs which develop during the acute encephalitic stage include neck rigidity, cachexia, hemiparesis, convulsions and a raised body temperature between 38 and 41 degrees Celsius. Mental retardation developed from this disease usually leads to coma. Mortality of this disease varies but is generally much higher in children. Life-long nerulogical defects such as deafness, emotional lability and hemiparesis may occur in those who have had Central Nervous System involvement.

The diagnosis of this diease is made by detecting antibodies in serum and CSF (cerebro spinal fluid) by IgM capture ELISA. A vaccine is available but anti-virals are usually ineffective unless administed within hours of being infected, hence treatment is mainly supportive. Japanese Encephalitis is not transmitted between humans. Infection with JEV confers life-long immunity.

Red areas show the distribution of Japanese Enecphalitis in Asia 1970-1998

Click the link to read the full WikiPedia entry...

[edit on 2006/4/29 by Hellmutt]

posted on Aug, 30 2005 @ 09:18 PM
More than 300 have died!

ABC News: Hundreds die in Indian encephalitis outbreak

August 31, 2005

More than 300 people have now died from an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in northern India.

The chief minister of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has called the outbreak a "national calamity".

A mosquito-borne disease spreads during India's monsoon season until the rains subside.

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posted on Aug, 30 2005 @ 09:23 PM
this mosquito epidemic is due to the monsoonal flooding that India had, hopefully we won't see such an epidemic here in the gulf with the Katrina flooding.

The worse part about the above story is that hospitals in India can't even treat those children and many are dying in hospital hallways

posted on Sep, 4 2005 @ 06:23 PM
Official death toll now 456 but is expected to rise. Expert say ""thousands of children may have died in remote villages". Only deaths reported in state-run hospitals are counted. The poor can´t afford to get to city hospitals or pay for the medicines.

ABC News: 'Thousands' dead in India's encephalitis outbreak

September 5, 2005

The official death toll from a japanese encephalitis outbreak in northern India has risen to 456 in the past month but one expert warns "thousands of children" may have died in remote villages.

Mr Singh says children are the main victims. He says the latest casualties suggest the disease, which is transmitted through mosquito bites, has spread to 25 of the state's 70 districts.

"It is catastrophic," he said. "The toll must be much, much higher because the Government is only taking into account the deaths reported in state-run hospitals.

"These poor people have no money to take them to city hospitals, leave alone pay for the medicines ... it's a disgrace."

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posted on Sep, 5 2005 @ 05:30 AM
I would look for a very sharp increase in Katrina's wake of mosquito borne illness'. The reason is that it will take months to drain the part of New Orleans that were affected by the flooding. I think the Govt. must get in there and get all the people out as they can and then start a massive mosquito spraying effort in order to reduce the risk to humans and animals.
IMHO, many more are going to die as a result of mosquitos, water borne illness', and other dieases' that go hand and hand with the severity of the situitation on the Gulf coast. My prayers are with them all affected by the storm.

posted on Sep, 23 2005 @ 01:48 PM
Apparently there is another thread about this on ats as well...

  • UPDATE: Encephalitis in India's Children -- Death Toll Now Over 500 (by FredT)

    And the latest deathtoll is now over 1100 people.

    [edit on 2005/9/23 by Hellmutt]

  • posted on Sep, 25 2005 @ 05:47 AM
    ...and here is an ATSNN thread:

  • NEWS: 1100 die, mostly children, for want of $1 Vaccine (by Icarus Rising)

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