IMPHAL, July 23 - School authorities in Churachandpur town of Manipur have declared emergency holiday following detection of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) cases and reports of school children suffering from fever in the last few days.
So far three schools have declared holiday for five days for students of lower classes as they were more vulnerable to the disease, sources said. The holiday was declared after a number of lower class students applied for leave on account of their illness.
The State Health Services had on Friday confirmed the detection of nine JE cases in the State. Later, the number of positive cases rose to 12.
Health Minister DK Korungthang said that twelve cases were detected and they are being given treatment. He added that there is no need to panic as all possible precautionary measures have been taken to tackle the situation.
Stating that it is not an outbreak and fogging had already been done in the localities of the infected persons to exterminate mosquitoes, the Minister said that necessary instructions have been given to admit the suspected JE cases for treatment.
The positive cases detected so far in Manipur are from six districts including Chandel and Churachandpur bordering Myanmar.