Friday, October 28, 2011

Japanese Encephalitis ( JE ) cases rise to 12, govt calls meet

NEW DELHI: Delhi government has called an urgent meeting to discuss the steps needed to check the spread of Japanese Encephalitis in the city. The number of cases of the mosquito-borne disease, which was first reported on September 21 from Bawana area in northwest Delhi, has gone up to 12. 

Dr R P Vashishtha, state surveillance officer, said six persons tested positive for the disease in hospitals while the rest have been reported at the community level. There was no reason to panic as the JE cases were mild in nature, he said. 

"We have launched largescale surveillance in community settings to identify JE cases in areas like Rohini, Shastri Park, Inderpuri, Raghubir Nagar, Mangolpuri and Khichripur. Pigs are the hosts of JE and it spreads through mosquitoes. Civic bodies have been asked to intensify fogging operations to check its spread," said Dr Vashishtha. 

He, however, said that all blood samples taken from pigs in the affected areas have tested negative. Health minister A K Walia said he is going to hold a meeting of top health officials in two days. "We will be discussing the preventive steps and ways to identify the source., " he said.

with thanks : Times of India : link above for detailed news.

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