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Ha Noi steps up JE prevention

Update: July, 06/2015 - 09:10

A medical staff takes care of a child with Japanese Encephalitis at the National Paediatrics Hospital in Ha Noi.— VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi Healthcare Department has asked healthcare facilities to strengthen preventive measures against Japanese Encephalitis (JE), according to officials.

Facilities are also required to reinforce the supervision of the JE epidemic at hospitals, if it happens, and the timely detection of affected cases to absolutely deal with the pandemic.

The department noted that awareness about prevention should be scaled up along with encouraging families to vaccinate their children.

As complications are likely to arise following JE infection, the department has urged parents to follow the vaccination schedule, which is now considered the most efficient way to prevent children from contracting the disease.

It has asked healthcare agencies to hold training courses for health workers so that suspected or infected cases can be quickly detected and treated.

According to the deputy director of Ha Noi Healthcare Department, Hoang Duc Hanh, JE is an acute infectious disease caused by a virus that can be spread by some types of mosquitoes and usually occurs in summer.

JE is transmitted to humans through infected culex mosquitoes.

The symptoms of Japanese Encephalitis - commonly known as "brain inflammation" -include high fever, nausea and, in severe cases, seizures, paralysis, and coma.

Children between two and eight years of age are particularly vulnerable to JE, Hanh noted.

While there is no cure for this disease, treatment focuses on relieving severe clinical signs and helping the patient to beat the infection.

By the end of June, Ha Noi recorded 11 cases of JE. No death was reported. — VNS

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