Thursday, July 15, 2010

Japanese Encephalitis outbreak confirmed in Manipur

Four districts in Manipur have been hit by Japanese encephalitis. 24 out of 27 samples sent to RMRC Dibrugarh have been confirmed to be that of the disease. Within hours of confirmation, the Manipur health department has started dealing with the situation at war footing measure. The spread of Japanese Encephalitis has been confirmed in four valley districts Thoubal, Bishenpur and in the Imphal East and Imphal West districts. The Regional Medical Research Center, Dibrugarh on Tuesday in a faxed message confirmed 24 samples out of 27 sent for test. Briefing media persons, the director of health services Manipur, Y. Yaima while announcing the confirmation said that there were 61 cases and not 66 as stated earlier…being treated at RIMS, JN Hospital and Shija Hospitals. 19 samples had been sent to NICD, Delhi and the results are expected in another two days or so. Meanwhile the health department is chalking out measures to control and contain the disease. Within the last fortnight in which Japanese Encephalitis spread in the state, already nine persons have died, three of them from the Encephalitis as confirmed. The director also allayed fears of inadequate stock of anti-viral drugs and urged the distributors and stockiest to bring in more supplies. The health directorate is issuing notifications, spreading awareness among people to take precautionary measures.


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