JE finds its way into Capital
With 17 blood samples taken from pigs testing positive for Japanese Encephalitis (JE), the civic authorities fear local transmission of the disease in the Capital.delhi Updated: Dec 15, 2011 23:27 IST
With 17 blood samples taken from pigs testing positive for Japanese Encephalitis (JE), the civic authorities fear local transmission of the disease in the Capital.
Japanese Encephalitis is a mosquito-borne viral disease that affects the brain and has already killed more than 600 people in Uttar Pradesh.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD) veterinary department had collected blood samples from 81 slaughtered pigs and sent to the National Research Centre for Equines at Hisar in Haryana for testing on November 27.
The MCD move came after the Delhi government ordered screening of pigs to detect the presence of JE virus.
Pigs are known to be the amplifying hosts for the disease, and spread infection to human beings. “Seventeen out of 81 is an alarming number. We obviously will step up our JE surveillance programme to locate the source of transmission and to stop its further spread. We will send another 100 samples for testing next week,” said Dr VK Monga, chairman, public health committee, MCD.
Eight of these 17 samples were collected from pigs in Civil Lines area, six from Shahdara South and three from Sadar Paharganj zone.
The disease surfaced for the first time in the city after four people tested positive in the month of October. A total of nine people have tested positive for the virus till now, and the infection was found in the blood samples of five people.