Encephalitis kills 7 in Assam

Nalbari, Jul 26 (PTI) Seven persons have died due to encephalitis in Assam''s Nalbari district in the last few days, officials said today.

The victims have been identified as Sultan Mamood, Gajen Deka, Murtunjoy Deka, Sunita Das, Mukuta Ali, Labanya Kalita and Nitumoni.

The disease has assumed alarming proportion in the district and doctors and public health centres, particularly in rural areas, have been alerted, they said.

Altogether 20 districts have been affected with the worst being Sibsagar, where 34 have perished in the past few months, the officials said.