Jun 05, 2018 General Comments Off on Taiwan records five cases of Japanese encephalitis this year
Taipei, Two people in Taiwan were recently diagnosed with Japanese encephalitis, bringing the number of cases in the country so far this year to five, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.
The two recent cases of the mosquito-borne disease were in Kaohsiung and Chiayi and were confirmed after the patients sought medical attention on May 27 and 28, respectively, said CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (???).
It was found that the man in Kaohsiung, in his 30s, was living near two other people who had been diagnosed earlier in the year with Japanese encephalitis, Lo said.
The patient in Chiayi, a man in his 50s, was most likely infected on the job, as he works with live poultry in an area near irrigation canals, Lo said.
He said the two men were in hospital in stable condition and the people with whom they had had contact were not showing any signs of infection so far.
According to CDC statistics, three of the five cases of Japanese encephalitis in Taiwan this year were recorded in Kaohsiung, while the other two were in Chiayi and Pingtung counties.
In Taiwan, Japanese encephalitis is usually prevalent from May to October each year and peaks between June and July, according to the CDC.
It said the disease is transmitted mainly by the Culex tritaeniorhynchus mosquito, which breeds in rice fields, ponds and irrigation canals.
The CDC has advised that people avoid visiting such places and animal farms, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active, and to make sure their young children are vaccinated against the disease.
Japanese encephalitis can cause serious psychological and neurological symptoms and has a mortality rate of 20-30 percent, according to the CDC.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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