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Japanese Encephalitis returns to Manipur; 18 schools shut

Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 25
Published on 26 Jul. 2016 12:17 AM IST
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At least 18 schools have been closed down in Manipur’s Churachandpur following unprecedented spread of dreaded Japanese Encephalitis (JE), official sources informed on Monday. 
Authorities have already taken up all precautionary measures to contain the spread of the disease following the death of a four-year-old girl in the last week. At least 12 patients were tested positive for Japanese Encephalitis in the state, a senior heal;th official said and added that two other cases were tested negative for the killer virus.
The 12 patients are being treating at RIMS, JNIMS, Shija and Dr Ratan’s Mothers Care Children Hospital and Research Centre hospitals. One more patient has been shifted to a hospital in Guwahati in the last week.
The patients have been confirmed positive for Japanese Encephalitis (JE) after their blood samples were tested at the state’s only lab installed at JNIMS hospital, Imphal.
Of the 12 patients, three are from Imphal West, two each from Thoubal, Imphal East and Churachandpur, and one each from Senapati (Sadar Hills), Chandel and Ukhrul.
So far 18 schools located mostly at district headquarters have been closed down till Monday. Most of the schools declared holidays till the end of this month. State surveillance officer Dr Kh Sasheekumar said that all the four mosquito species, Culex Tritaeniorhynchus, Culex Vishnui, Culex Quinquefasciatus and Culex Sitiens, are found in Manipur.
“People should be aware of mosquito bites during twilight hours as these mosquitoes are active at this time,” he said.
Manipur had reported a JE epidemic in 1995 in which about 200 people were afflicted and again in 2010 in which about 100 peeople tested positive. 
However, the number of JE patients reduced to six in 2015.

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