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Japanese encephalitis outbreak kills 1300 children in India

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7528.1288-a (Published 01 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1288
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    An outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has killed more than 1300 children over the past four months. It has rekindled calls from public health specialists for more intensive efforts to prevent future outbreaks.

    Since the first cases in the current outbreak were reported in August, Indian authorities have reported 6171 cases nation-wide, including 5700 cases and 1315 deaths in Uttar Pradesh alone.

    “The outbreak in …

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