Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV): Symptoms ; How to Combat the Deadly Disease?
Parenting has made a watchdog for my child. You can smile all you want but quite literally, I am on a look out for the new things or the new information which gets floated around about anything which is of any concern to my child’s health. As a mother nothing in the world is more important to me than my child and I wouldn’t be assuming if I say that it is the same with mothers all over the world. This time instead of giving you some home remedies or some cure, I am going to spread a little awareness about this deadly disease called Japanese Encephalitis Virus, one more mosquito borne disease which is attacking us in silence.
What is Japanese Encephalitis Virus?
According to WHO, JEV is a flavivirus related to the same genus of dengue, yellow fever and west nile viruses. It is borne by the mosquitoes and as per the statistics, around 68000 clinical cases are reported every year in Asia itself. It has almost similar symptoms as Dengue and yellow fever.
Signs and Symptoms of Japanese Encephalitis Virus
Most of the Japanese encephalitis symptoms are mild with fever or headache. In some cases the patient might not even feel any of the symptoms at all. If the infection is severe(less than 1% cases), there is onset of very high fever, headache, disorientation and neck stiffness. It may lead to coma, seizures, spastic paralysis and ultimately death. If left untreated it may cause permanent neurological damages, if not death. (ALSO READ: 5 Immunity Boosting Foods For Your Child)
It is very common in endemic countries of Asia and the Western Pacific region. For people travelling to these countries or for the ones living in them proper caution is advisable.
Diagnosis and Treatment
This infection can be diagnosed by the examination of cerebrospinal fluid.
Till date there is no specific treatment for Japanese Encephalitis. Treatment just supports the symptoms and tries to relieve and stabilize the patient. The patients showing nuerological conditions are admitted to the hospital and are kept under observation.
There is a vaccination for Japanese Encephalitis. This vaccine is commercially available and is recommended to every person travelling to endemic countries of South east Asia and western pacific region.
Other than this you can prevent the mosquito bites all together to eliminate the possibilities of any mosquito borne diseases. I am a mother and I know how scary a mosquito bite is, especially when it is somewhere on the body of your child. The only thing I suggest as a mother to you is to prevent the bites. I personally prefer the products by Goodknight. It’s Fabric Roll-On is just what I needed to safeguard my child against those infection bearing little mosquitoes. Goodknight has the entire range which can prevent your child from mosquitoes inside and outside the house. It’s always better to repel mosquitoes than to treat the bite and give
Diseases like Japanese Encephalitis can be prevented with the prevention of mosquito bites all together. As mothers let’s take a little extra care of our families and become their safety nets.
World Health Organization (WHO)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
This is a personal blog that chronicles my own experiences. Readers must take proper medical advice before trying anything at home.