Pig Vaccination for Japanese Encephalitis: Time to review strategy

Pigs play a vital role in the maintenance of the transmission cycle for the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) virus. For long, vaccination of pigs against JE has been one of the approaches that have been adopted for protecting vulnerable populations against the risk of acquiring the disease. However, newer evidence and existing operational challenges make vaccination a less appealing approach to control the JE risk in India. read more

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Lessons from RCZI’s EcoHealth Study on JE

Second-Lead-StoryIn recent years, environmental hazards, unprecedented scale of economic and industrial growth, changing face of societies world over and emergence of new and old infectious diseases have forced man to acknowledge the interdependency of the fate of the planet in general and human societies in particular. The research community has responded by developing an ecosystem approach to human health or EcoHealth to come up with a more contemporary and relevant way of addressing these present day issues

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Dispatches from the Field

It was the height of summer in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh (UP) in 2014 and cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) for Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) were on the rise. Thirty one districts of Bihar and 39 of UP are JE endemic and vaccination campaigns were being launched in a systematic manner to ensure that all children of 1 to 15 years got protected from JE and there is early diagnosis.

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Disease Outbreak News

JE outbreaks are being reported from previously unknown foci. Further, encephalitis outbreaks of other aetiologies in endemic areas have only added to their complexity. For programme managers, researchers and community health professionals, access to accurate and updated information is key to planning interventions and other relief measures.

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Short Docu-film Lifts the Veil of Silence that Shrouds Japanese Encephalitis

je-filmA spate of Japanese Encephalitis (JE)-related deaths, especially in children of Gorakhpur, caught the attention of the Indian and Western media in 2010-11. Questions were being asked, the government was under pressure, the health system was overburdened and the media was indulging in misleading and sensational news coverage.

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