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Mizoram on alert over Japanese Encephalitis

Mizoram: Following the reports of the disease in neighbouring Manipur, Mizoram government has taken preventive measures to thwart the outbreak of Japanese encephalitis. Expert groups were sent to Manipur to conduct in-depth study on the disease.

There has been no report of any Japanese encephalitis case in Mizoram so far. An official of the health department said “Senior health department officials met here on Monday and decided to take rapid preventive measure across the state. As part of the measures, Aizawl Civil hospital was designated as sentinel site hospital. Necessary equipments and trained health workers have been posted in the hospital.”

Japanese encephalitis has claimed two lives in Manipur last week while over 25 persons were hospitalised. The official said that anti-larval spray is being done in and around residential houses along with animal rearing areas.