Delhi: Japanese Encephalitis reported for 1st time
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 21:43
  
New Delhi: With four confirmed cases of Japanese Encephalitis reported in the city for the first time, Delhi government on Tuesday directed all concerned agencies and departments to take precautionary steps to contain the mosquito-borne disease.

Health Minister AK Walia, at a review meeting, decided to set up three new diagnostic centres to offer treatment to JE affected people at Babu Jagjiwan Ram Hospital in Jehangirpuri, Mahrishi Balmiki Hospital in Pooth Khurd and Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital in Rohini.

Health department officials said four confirmed cases of the disease have been reported while five others have been identified as suspected cases and all of them belong to Jehangirpuri and Bawana area of the city.

Domestic pigs are primary reservoirs of the virus and the disease is mainly spread through mosquitoes belonging to Culex tritaeniorhynchus if they bite humans after drawing blood from infected pigs.

This is for the first time JE has been reported in the national capital although it is prevalent in many neighbouring states including Uttar Pradesh.

Officials said the disease could be fatal if treatment is not provided in early stages of infection.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 21:43


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