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23rd  September 2016
Health Ministry Notification on Japanese Encephalitis  
All confirmed Japanese encephalitis cases to be notified
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued a notification (as below) on Japanese Encephalitis on Wednesday to the concerned health authorities of all the states and has requested the states of Assam, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal where the number of JE cases has been reported to be high, to issue necessary notification under the Clinical Establishment (Registration & Regulation) Act, 2010 or relevant Act/Rules as applicable, to ensure necessary monitoring, prevention and control of the disease.
1.    "Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is an important public health concern in the country accounting for substantial morbidity, mortality and disability. Early reporting of JE cases is necessary for effective implementation of preventive measures and case management.

2.    In order to ensure early diagnosis & case management, reduce transmission, address the problems of emergency and spread of disease in newer geographical areas, it is essential to have complete information of all JE cases. Therefore, the healthcare providers shall notify every JE case to local authorities i.e. District Health Officer/Chief Medical Officer of the district concerned and Municipal Health Officer of the Municipal Corporation/Municipality concerned every week (daily during transmission period).

3.    Accordingly, all laboratory-confirmed cases of Japanese Encephalitis should be notified as detailed below.
(A) Definition of laboratory-confirmed JE case: Patient having any one of the following:
  • Presence of lgM antibodies specific to JE virus in a single sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or serum, as detected by an lgM-capture ELISA specifically for JE virus
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