Jap E Outbreaks in Northern India
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Jap E Outbreaks in Northern India

As so many travellers seem to be worried about whether to get immunization or not for this latest outbreak, here is the latest news about same, from Sept.11th.

By BISWAJEET BANERJEE, Associated Press Writer Sun Sep 11,10:53 PM ET



LUCKNOW, India - Nearly 650 people, mostly children, have died from an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in northern India after 55 more people perished over the weekend, officials said Sunday. if (window.yzq_a == null) document.write("");if (window.yzq_a){yzq_a('p', 'P=8xa6oUSOwhXV1fcNQtNxggljwqWo_kMtJXsACHOC&T=15jiub2qr%2fX%3d1127032187%2fE%3d8903514%2fR%3dnews%2fK%3d5%2fV%3d1.1%2fW%3d8%2fY%3dYAHOO%2fF%3d2906502138%2fH%3dY2FjaGVoaW50PSJuZXdzIiBjb250ZW50PSJoZWFsdGg7bW9uc29vbiI-%2fS%3d1%2fJ%3d67C28E44');yzq_a('a', '&U=1390mhhui%2fN%3dVKvgD0SOxIY-%2fC%3d355193.6662705.8125839.6052652%2fD%3dLREC%2fB%3d2975231');}

Hospitals in India's largest state, Uttar Pradesh, were struggling to cope with the influx of patients suffering from the mosquito-borne disease. Another 87 people were hospitalized during the weekend, bringing the number of patients to more than 3,040, said O.P. Singh, the state's director general of health services.

But the number of new infections has declined in recent days, Singh said. With 55 deaths since Friday night, the overall death toll reached 649.

No new deaths have been reported in neighboring Nepal, where the disease has killed 172 people since April. Some Nepali victims were being treated in India, officials said.

Japanese encephalitis causes high fever and vomiting, and can sometimes lead to coma and death. Children are most susceptible to the disease, and many of the dead in the outbreak have been under age 15.

The disease can be prevented by vaccinations, but state health authorities say they don't have enough money for an immunization program.

The latest outbreak first struck in Gorakhpur, a town 250 kilometers (155 miles) southeast of Lucknow, the state's capital, and later spread to 24 of 70 state districts.

Authorities expect the outbreak to ebb by the end of the monsoon season later this month.

9 Replies

#2
| Senior Member
The question of a vaccination looks as it is becoming much more relevant to almost all tourists, if cases are being reported in or near Agra (Taj Mahal) as it is at the edge of Uttar Pradesh. Does anyone have any news on the number of cases around Agra?
#3
| Outta Control
I am always astounded by the weight given to news reports, especially those that seem to provide little in the way of advice, but simply quote alarmist statistics.

Might I suggest, before hysteria grips, that reference be made to a few authoritatrive resources:

World Health Organisation
The Travel Doctor .

A detailed reading of the information will indicate that acquisition of the Jap E is not as simple as it may at first appear from the info provided in news reports. Essentially you really need to be taking no preventative actions (covering up, using DEET products, sleeping under nets, wearing light clothing, etc) and you need to be in an infected area for a prolonged period.
Dave
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#4
| Senior Member
Is DEET available in Australia, what is the best brand to get from here, I was thinking RID but if you have any advice before I head out to buy some.
#5
| Outta Control
DEET is indeed available in Oz. I usually go for the RID brand, and tropical strength at that (not quite sure if DEET is the reason it becomes tropical strength) because it gives prolonged protection.

I've seen at some camping stores (Rays Outdoors, and the like) a few other brands containin DEET as well. From musings on the this site and others, the premuim % of DEET is somewhere in the mid-high 30s, with the high percentage proving the longer protection.

I can't vote for the others, but RID has always served me well and, "touch wood", haven't been bitten.
Dave
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I started with nothing and still have most of it left.
#6
| Senior Member
Great thanks, I'll stick to my original thoughts then. :)
#7
| Outta Control
Depending on your budget, or needs, you might like to check out clothing impregnated with Pyrthreum. These are suppose to give that added boost at keeping the pesky critters away.
Dave
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I started with nothing and still have most of it left.
#8
| One in a billion member.
OT:
The name of any disease should not include any countries name.
I need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle.
#9
| Senior Member
I fully agree with OzThumper's comment about getting advice from credible sources like WHO and The Travel Doctor. But on checkingout those sites (thanks for the links) they concur that an outbreak has occured and that usual precautions should be taken against mossie bites.

I noted from the sites that this outbreak has mostly struck those under 15. What a tragedy. [cry]

As for DEET protection - my doctor has recommended 'Bushman Plus' which contains 80% DEET and sunscreen.
#10
| Outta Control
I've seen this product in a number of stores.

Having been looking at data over the last couple of weeks, there is a strong indication that there is not discernable increase in protection over about the 40% DEET concentration mark. Conversely, it is imporant to note that DEET is a higly toxic chemical and should not be used for prolonged periods (and this recommendation is for concentrations at less than 50%).

I would probably look at the lower concentration amounts, but more frequent applications (as it sweats out, rubs off, etc.)
Dave
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I started with nothing and still have most of it left.

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