Diphu: With over 40 deaths reported across the state due to the deadly mosquito-borne flavivirus, a first case of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) virus has been detected in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district.
As per sources, while a child has tested positive for JE, five others are feared to be inflicted by the disease at the Diphu Civil Hospital in Karbi Anglong.
Dr Shyam, a physician at Diphu Civil Hospital, said that the affected child hails from Chowkihola, (Bogijan area) under Bokajan in Karbi Anglong and is undergoing treatment at the civil hospital.
“As the patient earlier treated at our hospital, she was later referred to Golaghat or Guwahati for further treatment. We are still to find the name,” he said.
The district physician further informed that there are five other children with similar symptoms admitted at the civil hospital are feared to be inflicted by the deadly virus He further stated that all the five children belonging to different parts of the district are undergoing treatments at the child ward of civil hospital.
“Tests are being conducted for the confirmation of the disease and the results are yet to be received,” the doctor added.
Meanwhile, a mother of one of the children admitted in the hospital and has been suspected to down with the disease, said that headache, shoulder pain and fever were some of the symptoms that she noticed in her child. Following this, she admitted her at the hospital on June 30.
She further said that her child reacted in a weird manner around 2 in the afternoon, two days after she was admitted to the hospital. “At first, I thought my child was acting weird but when I consulted about it to a nurse on duty, she told me that it was just because of the fever,” the custodian added.
As many as 29 out of 33 districts in state are reeling under the deadly disease spread by Culex mosquitoes, mostly in the summer and rainy seasons.
Japanese Encephalitis is an incurable disease and there is no vaccine or medication to cure the disease once it gets infected to a person. The only way is to stay away from the disease and to take safe and effective vaccines to prevent the disease from penetrating through the immune system of an individual, said experts.