3 die of encephalitis in Arunachal, 17 others affected

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Itanagar, Aug 8: Arunachal Pradesh Health and Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul on Friday said three persons have died of encephalitis in the state and 17 persons tested positive.

Preventive measures, like fogging operation and supply of mosquito nets, were initiated and symptomatic treatment was being administered to the patients.

"Myself and the director of health service have written to the DCs and district medical officers to remain alert while I am constantly monitoring the situation," he said.

Meanwhile, the district vector borne disease control society organised fogging operation and indoor residual spray in the JE affected areas of Kakoi, Tarajuli, Gumto, Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh and Amba.

Keeping in view the likelihood of the spread of the disease, the capital administration has ordered ban on import and transportation of pigs and birds including poultry from outside the state till August 31 next.

DC Mige Kamki today said that as per the order violators would be prosecuted for endangering public safety.

On being told about nine malaria deaths at Longding, Pul said on being alerted by the local MLA, a medical team was dispatched from Pasighat general hospital to take preventive steps and contain the situation.


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