Deadly onslaught of Japanese encephalitis remains unabated in Malkangiri district of Odisha as 50 infants have died due to the disease in the past one month. According to a media report, as many as 50 children succumed to the virus in past 34 days even as preventive steps are being promoted among masses. Malkangiri is generally endemic to Encephalitis but this year the situation has turned worse due to a prolonged monsoon. District health officials said the disease normally is more prevalent just around the end of monsoon and before the onset of winter when the mosquitoes breed in large number, according to a media report.
“For Japanese Encephalitis or AES, there is no treatment. We only treat symptoms like fever, pain, lethargy, severe exhaustion and loss of appetite. For kids below eight-year, it is very difficult to battle the virus due to their feeble immunity level,” said Malkangiri chief district medical officer Uday Shankar Mishra.
Awareness drive has been stepped up across the district, while concrete steps have been taken to isolate pigs and shift the animals to specially prepared enclosures away from human habitats. Meanwhile, officials were considering that temporary check posts would be put in place in areas bordering Malkangiri to preventing pigs from entering into human habitats.
Earlier, the Centre had advised against undertaking vaccination against Japanese encephalitis during the ongoing outbreak, stating that the same may boomerang.