What is the extent of problem of Japanese encephalitis in India?

  • JE viral activity has been widespread in India. The first evidence of presence of JE virus dates back to 1952.
  • First case was reported in 1955
  • Outbreaks have been reported from different parts of the country.
  • During recent past (1998-2004), 15 states and Union Territories have reported JE incidence
  • Annual incidence ranged between 1714 and 6594 and deaths between 367 and 1665