Outbreak of JE Containment steps on in full swing : Health Dir

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IMPHAL, Jul 30: With three people already dead due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE)    out of 22 positive cases, the State Government has been carrying out fogging and surveillance works at different places, Health Director Dr O Ibomcha told The Sangai Express.
He opined that JE broke out in the State due to excessive rainfall which created a conducive condition for breeding mosquitoes.
He then advised people, particularly farmers to sleep with long pants and wear full sleeve-shirts while going to paddy fields.
Informing that the particular variety of mosquito which transmits JE is found abundantly in paddy fields, Dr Ibomcha suggested that one should go promptly go to hospital/health centre if he/she is suffering from high fever.
Taking due note of the outbreak of JE in the State, the Central Government has instructed not to carry out mass vaccination campaigns as vaccinating a person already infected by JE may prove harmful.
Meanwhile, it is reported that the Directorate of Environment in collaboration with the Health Department has been working to study whether the outbreak of JE in the State is related to climate change.

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