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A 15 years old girl died of Japanese encephalitis at Pathsala in Barpeta district of Assam on Sunday.

As per reports, the deceased has been identified as Ankita Das who was a student of Class X of Bagana High School in Bajali sub-division under Barpeta district.

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Meanwhile, a pall of gloom has descended in the entire area after the death of the girl.

On the other hand, following the report of the outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Assam, the central government has sent a team to review the situation in the State.

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The central team is headed by additional secretary Sanjeeva Kumar and he is accompanied by the senior officers from the National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme, New Delhi, a health ministry statement said.

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday directed the ministry to extend all support and assistance to the state government.

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Minister Vardhan called upon all the stakeholders to start rigorous awareness campaigns regarding the preventive steps to be taken by the communities.

Sasanka Talukdar

Sasanka Talukdar is Northeast Now Correspondent in Pathsala. He can be reached at: sasanka140@gmail.com

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