Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Japanese Encephalitis reported for the first time in Delhi

A disease which was till now thought to be limited to Eastern UP has been reported from Delhi. Epidemiological investigations are ongoing. Lab reports from NCDC have confir med JE antibodies from the samples that were sent from suspected patients.

 If local transmission is confirmed, Delhi will have to gear up to take care of one more scourge: Culex tritaenorynchus. This will be in addition to the existing burden of other mosquito borne diseases like Malaria and Dengue, which cause deadly outbreaks in Delhi. It is hightime that sanitation is given a high priority in the capital city of India.


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