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Jamshedpur, July 10 : At least six fresh cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) have been reported in East Singhbhumin less than a week. Officials from the State Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (SVBDCP) said that the total count of JE patients in East Singhbhum has gone up to nine this year so far.
All the new cases have been reported from East Singhbhum district and the Civil Surgeon (SC) concerned has been asked to pay special attention to the most affected areas in the district.
According to figures with the SVBDCP, at least 394 samples were tested for JE in Jharkhand so far and 20 of them were positive. A total of 447 samples were tested for Dengue and 33 of them were positive. Besides, at least 13 of 451 samples tested for Chikungunya were positive.
The State has been holding awareness campaigns in all the 24 districts to put a check on vector borne diseases. The District Administrations have also been inspecting households to find and destroy mosquito larvae in different colonies. During the inspection, many households were also slapped fine for storing dirty water and breeding mosquito larvae, district officials said.
JE too is spread through mosquito bites. Symptoms usually take 5-15 days to develop and include fever, headache, vomiting, confusion, and difficulty in moving. JE is a serious disease that may cause death.
Jusco and local civic bodies havedecided to step up cleanliness and awareness drive, concerned over positive dengue cases reported from different parts of steel city.
Jusco officials today said that the public health team had already started an awareness campaign to check the spread of the disease caused by Aedesaegypti mosquito.
According to experts drastic change in weather conditions and fast depleting forest cover may have let the virus that hitherto confined to wild animals, prey the human beings. Unusual weather conditions seem to have triggered viral fevers on a large scale with scores of children and adult being admitted to the hospital with such complaints.
“Jusco had been carrying out spraying of anti-larvicidal chemicals and fogging under its command areas while the local urban bodies along with district filaria department have been spraying anti-larvicidal and also distributing pamphlets informing masses not to let water accumulate in unused containers and complain about clogging of drains. However, now we want to visit spots which had witnessed higher number of dengue and chikungunya cases in the past and destroy water accumulating containers in houses,’ said the official.