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Japanese Encephalitis: 1 Dies, Alert in Arunachal Pradesh

Chumthang News Service,
Imphal/26th July/2015: Nine cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) have been detected in Arunachal Pradesh from 13 samples tested at the District Priority Laboratory (DPL) under Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) in the Arunachal State Hospital (ASH) at Naharlagun. So far nine children in the age group of 11 months to 10 years were detected JE positive, State Epidemiologist Dr L Jampa informed.
He said out of two detected cases from Kolaptukar village in Dollungmukh under Lower Subansiri district, a seven-year-old girl died at ASH Naharlagun on July 15 last, while another three-year-old girl from the area is undergoing treatment at a private hospital here. Lower Subansiri District Surveillance Officer Dr Subu Habung informed that a team had already started the ‘Indoor Residual Spray’ operation at Dollungmukh from today which would also continue tomorrow at Upper and Lower Kolaptukar villages from where the JE cases have originated.

Jampa further informed that he along with Dr A Yirang would make a spot visit to Dollungmukh to take stock of the situation. “The situation is being closely monitored by the health department,” Dr Jampa added. The health department meanwhile, issued Dos and Don’ts for prevention and control of the dreaded disease.

The people were advised to eliminate water logging and stagnation around households and environment to reduce breeding source for mosquito larvae, to sleep inside mosquito bed nets, to dispose household wastes and garbage in identified places, to consult nearest health centers and hospitals for any acute onset of fever associated with abnormal behavior, change in mental status (confusion), fits and rigidity and not to allow piggeries near human habitations.
Source: N.E.T

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