Japanese encephalitis cases reported in DelhiSeptember 27th, 2011 - 10:31 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 27 (IANS) Incidence of Japanese encephalitis (JE), a mosquito-borne viral infection, was reported from Delhi for the first time with four confirmed cases in the city, the Delhi government said Tuesday.
The cases were reported in Jehangirpuri and Bawana areas of north Delhi.
Japanese encephalitis causes inflammation of the membranes around the brain.
Meanwhile, a meeting, chaired by Health Minister A.K. Walia, decided to set up three new diagnostic centres for the disease at the Babu Jagjiwan Ram Hospital at Jehangirpuri, Mahrishi Balmiki Hospital at Pooth Khurd and the Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital at Rohini.
Instructed all the departments to step up action, Walia urged the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to take all possible steps to stop mosquito breeding by removal of weeds from water bodies, regular fogging and anti-larval spray in affected areas, along railway lines and stagnant water.
It was also decided to segregate pigs in the affected resettlement colonies and keep them in separate enclosures under huge mosquito nets.
Walia instructed the animal husbandry and MCD to take samples of pigs’ blood and send them to the National Research Centre for Equines at Haryana’s Hissar for tests.
The disease has already claimed over 300 lives in various districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh.
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