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TURA | June 15, 2019:

The West Garo Hills district administration has sounded a medical alert after two persons tested positive for Japanese Encephalitis (JE).

An order to seize pigs and cattle in Tura has been issued by the district administration.

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Two persons — 22-year-old woman from Upper Chandmari locality of Tura and 38-year-old woman from Simkalanggre village under Alagre community health centre of West Garo Hills were found with symptoms JE.

Blood samples were collected on May 30 and 31 respectively and the results of the test was released on Friday which revealed that both has JE symptoms.

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They have since been admitted to Tura civil hospital for treatment.

The disease is caused by the mosquito borne JE virus which is spread by the culex type mosquito. Pigs and wild birds serve as a reservoir for the virus and symptoms include headache, vomiting, fever, confusion and seizures and occasional inammation of the brain.

Meanwhile, the deputy commissioner of West Garo Hills has directed the Tura Municipal Board to deploy its enforcement inspectors and seize pigs and cattle from residents who are illegally rearing them in various localities of the town.

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