Delhi: Japanese Encephalitis reported for 1st time

Four confirmed cases of Japanese Encephalitis was reported in Delhi for the first time.

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.