Japanese encephalitis is transmitted by mosquitoes, particularly Culex species

Itanagar: After claiming over 82 lives in Assam, Japanese Encephalitis (JE) has made its appearance in neighbouring Arunahal Pradesh with as many as 11 positive cases reported by state health department till Monday.

“Five cases have been detected in East Siang district and three from the Papum Pare district while a patient each from Upper Subansiri, Lohit and Kra Daadi districts have also tested positive for the viral disease,” Lobsang Jampa, the state’s senior statistical officer for integrated disease surveillance programme, said on Monday.

However, so far, no deaths have been reported from anywhere in the state due to JE. All the 11 patients who have tested positive with JE virus are undergoing treatment in various hospitals, Jampa said.

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He said the state’s department of health and family welfare has initiated all preventive measures and other necessary steps in the wake of the rising cases of the mosquito-borne disease in neighbouring Assam.

“There is no cause of alarm. Any cases of fever with stiffness of body, drowsiness, etc, should be reported to health facilities for confirmation and treatment,” Jampa said.

Meanwhile, the medical officers of all the districts have been alerted and asked to step up their surveillance, anti-vectors measures and information, education and communication (IEC) activities.

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