Encephalitis is an acute infection and inflammation of the brain. At least six more people died of encephalitis since Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in northern West Bengal. This has taken the total death toll to 45, reported a health official.
A senior state health department official said, "Five deaths were reported from North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Darjeeling district and the other death occurred in Alipurduar district. Since Wednesday, six deaths have occurred. So far at least 45 people have succumbed to encephalitis in the year."
The official further added that as many as 15 new cases have been reported in the last 48 hours.