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First case of Japanese fever found in Pune, samples of mosquitoes also sent for investigation

Japanese Encephalitis In Pune: After the first case of Japanese encephalitis came to light in Pune, Maharashtra, samples of animals and mosquitoes have been sent for examination. Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health department officials on Thursday (December 1) confirmed that samples of mosquitoes, dogs and pigs have been sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) for testing for Japanese Encephalitis.

This step has been taken after the disease was confirmed in a four-year-old child in Vadgaoncherry. The child is currently admitted in Sassoon General Hospital. Regarding the measures taken by the Health Department, Dr. Sanjeev Vavre, Assistant Health Chief in PMC, said that samples of the child’s family members and neighbors have also been sent to NIV for testing. Rapid fever survey has also been conducted in 480 nearby houses.

Send samples of mosquitoes for examination

Dr. Sanjeev Vavre said that samples of mosquitoes have also been sent to NIV. Mosquito control measures like removal of stagnant water, spraying of insecticides are being done. Officials at Sassoon General Hospital have confirmed that the four-year-old child was admitted on 3 November. Dean of Sassoon General Hospital Vinayak Kale said that the child was admitted to the ICU of the pediatric ward. His blood samples were sent for examination, whose positive report has come on 29 November.

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child’s treatment

He said that the child had symptoms like fever, headache, fits and weakness. The victim child is being treated. At the same time, Dr. Aarti Kinnikar, head of the pediatric ward in the hospital, said that the victim’s child was on ventilator for nine days. After staying in the ICU for 17 days, the child was shifted to the ward.

What is Japanese encephalitis?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Japanese encephalitis is a flavivirus related to dengue, yellow fever and West Nile virus and is transmitted by mosquitoes. Most of its cases are mild. Most cases present with mild fever and headache or without obvious symptoms. In severe cases of this disease, high fever, headache, stiffness in the neck, coma, seizures, spastic paralysis are seen. The first case of JE was reported in Japan in 1871.

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