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JE is transmitted by the Culex mosquito, a commonly found species in Mizoram
JE is transmitted by the Culex mosquito, a commonly found species in Mizoram|Representational image
MIZORAM

Japanese Encephalitis: Mizoram initiates precautionary measures 

A group of doctors on Tuesday held a meeting with the aim of creating public awareness in the state following outbreak of disease in neighbouring states

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: The Mizoram government is all set to take precautionary measures against the mosquito-borne flavivirus Japanese Encephalitis (JE) following its outbreak in neighbouring states of Assam and Bihar.

As per official sources, a group of doctors in state on Tuesday held a meeting with the view of creating public awareness and implementing precautionary measures, keeping a close watch on the prevalence of the disease in the neighbouring states.

The meeting further observed that though JE case has not been reported in the state so far, awareness is crucial to ensure public safety and avoid its outbreak in the state.

In a statement issued after meeting, the doctors decided to carry out a massive awareness among government employees and general public and to also conduct screening for suspected patients in state.

Adding to it, measures will also be taken to identify possible places of mosquito breeding and administer spray repellents at some selected or vulnerable locations. ‘We will also educate people for personal protection,” an official said.

There has been no case of Japanese Encephalitis reported in the Mizoram till date.

Significantly, over 57 people died and at least 234 people, across 26 districts in neighbouring Assam, were tested positive of the deadly Japanese Encephalitis virus spread by Culex mosquitoes.

Japanese encephalitis is caused by a flavivirus, which can affect both humans and animals. The virus gets spread from animals to human through the bite of an infected mosquito. It is transmitted by the Culex mosquito, a commonly found species in Mizoram. The symptoms include headache, high fever and disorientation.