According to Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), one of the two new cases is “home-grown”, indicating that “the mosquito-borne virus is multiplying in the city itself”.
The blood sample of Sonal aged 11, a resident of Kanti Nagar and Kishan aged four, a resident of Trilokpuri, have tested positive for the JE virus. While the former is undergoing treatment at Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalya, Sonal is admitted with Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital.
Dr V K Monga, chairman of the MCD health committee, said, “JE virus is multiplying in the city. Sonal is a perfect example of that. She is an indigenous case.” Apparently, Sonal’s blood sample was one of the 10 collected from Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital as part of a routine random check for JE cases in the city.
Japanese encephalitis, which affects the brain and is more common in Uttar Pradesh, was reported in the city the first time this year on September 21. No one has died of the deadly vector-borne disease as yet.
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