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I am making every step count this February

This February, I am taking part in BrainWalk and walking, jogging or running as far as I can to improve my own health and wellbeing and help save lives! 

I am raising money for the Encephalitis Society, a cause close to my heart.
Encephalitis is a neurological condition that can be devastating. Here are five facts you may not know: 

1. Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain.

2. It is caused by an infection or through the immune system attacking the brain.

3. Anyone can be affected by encephalitis – no matter their age, gender or ethnicity.

4. It has a high death rate and survivors are often left with an acquired brain injury and life-changing consequences.

5. In some cases, encephalitis can impact on mental health, causing difficult to deal with emotions and behaviours, and can lead to thoughts of self-harm and even suicide.

One person is diagnosed with encephalitis every minute across the world, and life for them and their loved ones will never be the same again.

Every donation I receive will go to the Encephalitis Society, helping accelerate understanding and awareness of encephalitis and ensuring that those affected by this serious neurological condition get the crucial help and support they need. Please help if you can.

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Walking to educate Japanese encephalitis

Sunday 5th Feb
Japanese encephalitis is a mosquito borne zoonotic viral disease, caused by Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV). The occurrence of disease is widespread in 24 countries of South- East Asia and Western Pacific region. The main  vector of JE is Culex tritaeniorhynchus, spread across India. 

The disease affects primarily the children, but can affect individuals of any age. Common symptoms of JE include headache, fever, mental confusion and delirium. Acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) is the clinical presentation of disease characterized by symptoms such as convulsions, alteration of sensorium, changes in behavioural pattern. Though symptomatic JE is rare in India, the case-fatality rate among those with encephalitis can be as high as 30%. While, permanent neurologic or psychiatric sequelae can occur in 30%–50% of those with encephalitis. 

Unfortunately, there is no specific cure or antiviral drug or antibiotic for the disease. The treatment is totally symptomatic and depends on the self-recovery of the patients. The preventive method available for JE is JE vaccine. Two doses of vaccines are currently recommended 28 days apart. In the elderly and in the young, it can be given even after 7 days of the first dose if one wants rapid immunisation. Vaccination definitely helps in preventing serious complications and should always be undertaken to prevent serious cases of Japanese Encephalitis. Prevention remains the mainstay. Use mosquito nets, mosquito repellents, wear clothes which cover whole arms, wear socks to prevent mosquito bites.