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SHILLONG | June 20, 2019:

The Meghalaya Government has sounded a medical alert in view of the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) outbreak in Garo Hills region of the state.

Talking to reporters here today, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek said that they have sounded an alert to every citizen particularly those residing in high risk areas.

He, however, said that things are under control now and the state health machinery is doing all that is required to contain the outbreak.

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Earlier, during the day, the Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma held a review meeting with health officials, Deputy Commissioner, representatives of different localities from Tura town on the issue.

Meanwhile, West Garo Hills, Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh informed that one fogging machine is available and the arrival of three more from Shillong is awaited.

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Yesterday, another 13 cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) was detected in West Garo Hills prompting the district administration to call for an emergency meeting.

The number has gone up to 15 with most of the cases being reported from the district headquarter of Tura.

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