To control the spread of encephalitis, a team of 15 virologists made a visit to the worst affected places near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.
Villagers attributed the spread of the epidemic to a lack of vaccination. They contended that in the absence of proper preventive vaccination, a new kind of encephalitis virus has emerged.
Doctors believed that this exercise in collaboration with foreign experts would aid in treating the disease in a swift and effective manner.
"A team of doctors from CTC India and CTC Atlanta and also from the government of India have arrived here to find remedies for the cure of encephalitis. After this exercise, the results would be out," said Dr. Rakesh Saxena.
We are here with our Indian colleagues to observe the situation of encephalitis here and to share knowledge and discuss how to strengthen the situation here and how to address encephalitis," said Dr. Ken from the United States.
According to doctors, the death rate due to encephalitis is 28 to 56 percent. And unfortunately, those who survive may have to endure life as mentally or physically challenged persons.
Mosquitoes that breed in stagnant water cause encephalitis. Therefore, hygiene becomes essential in preventing the disease from spreading.
The symptoms of encephalitis include headache, fever, convulsions, drowsiness, fatigue and the inflammation of the brain.