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7 cases of JE detected in Arunachal

 ITANAGAR, July 13 - As many as seven cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) have been detected in Arunachal Pradesh, Health department sources said on Friday.

The department has launched a Statewide drive for early detection and cure of JE, in the wake of the rising cases of the mosquito-borne disease in neighbouring Assam, they said.

“While five cases were detected on Thursday in East Siang district alone, one patient each from Upper Subansiri and Papum Pare district have also tested positive for the viral disease,” epidemiologist Lobsang Jampa said.

Of the five cases in Pasighat, the headquarters of East Siang district, one is a 15-year-old girl. In Naharlagun area of Papum Pare, a two-and-half-year-old girl has been admitted at Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS), Jampa said.

The numbers may rise as reports from vulnerable districts like Tirap, Changlang, Longding, Namsai and Lohit have not arrived yet, the epidemiologist said. – PTI

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