New Delhi: After already hitting the eastern Uttar Pradesh belt, the entry of the deadly fever Japanese Encephalitis has also been confirmed in the capital.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi had collected blood samples of 81 pigs slaughtered at pig slaughter house on November 27. All the 81 samples were sent to National Research Centre for Equines at Hisar in Haryana for testing of which 17 tested positive for the virus.

Pigs act as carriers of the virus while mosquitoes spread the disease from the pigs to humans.

However, V K Monga, Chairman of the MCD health committee said, “There is no need to panic as such mosquitoes are not much active during winters.”

He assured, “Special arrangements will be made to prevent the breeding of such mosquitoes and maintain cleanliness in the areas with more pigs.”

According to Dr Monga, Japanese Encephalitis has surfaced for the first time in this year. 14 such cases have been diagnosed in the capital so far.

More dangerous for children

According to the doctors, the microbe is more prone to affect humans with proximity to animals and those living in unhygienic conditions. The infection takes 5 to 15 days in evolving into fever but approximately 1 in 200 infections results in Japanese Encephalitis.

Moreover, children are more sensitive to the deadly virus. According to Dr SP Sharma, the severe disease is characterized by headache and fever in primary stage and may later lead to neck stiffness, nausea, vomiting, unconsciousness and even coma.

The disease directly affects the patient’s nervous system and can lead to neurological disorders for life. There is no definite treatment for the disease and medicines can only be given to control the symptoms.