Wednesday, August 10, 2022

H&FW advisory on Dengue, JE prevention

In view of the detection of Dengue and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) cases in the state and the outbreak of JE in Assam, the state vector borne disease control programme, department of health and family welfare, has issued an advisory on the awareness and prevention of Dengue and JE, which are caused by bite of mosquitoes.
The health department has urged the public to use preventive measures like mosquito nets and other mosquito repellents to prevent mosquito bites. The symptoms of Japanese Encephalitis include acute onset of fever and a change in mental status.
The public has been advised not to let stagnant water collect in and around their home since mosquito breed in them.
It has urged the people to rear pigs in enclosures and away from human habitat. Pigs play an important role in JE, as JE virus multiplies in pigs without suffering from disease and maintain the virus for a long time.
Immunise child against Japanese Encephalitis (contact nearest hospital for details) and in case someone exhibit JE symptoms, one could contact the nearest hospital. For prevention of dengue, the department has advised getting rid of stagnant water from places where mosquito breed, such as old containers, flower pots, used tyres etc. Dengue symptoms include high fever, headache, joint and muscular pain, nausea, skin rash, fatigue.
Water-filled vessels and tanks are to be tightly covered. One should wear clothes that cover the complete body.
Sleep under mosquito net preferably insecticide treated (LLIN) during day and night time. Immediately consult a doctor in case of high fever.


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