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Japanese encephalitis cases hit three-year high: CDC

Japanese encephalitis cases hit three-year high: CDC

Taipei, July 15 (CNA) There have been 19 Japanese encephalitis cases in Taiwan so far this year as of July 11, already exceeding the number of cases seen in both 2013 and 2014, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday. Four Japanese encephalitis cases were confirmed during the week of July 5-11 in Taichung City and Nantou County in central Taiwan and Yunlin County and Pingtung County in southern Taiwan, the CDC said. Those infections brought the total number of cases to the highest level since 2012. According to the CDC, there were 33 Japanese encephalitis cases in all of 2010, 22 in 2011, 32 in 2012, 16 in 2013 and 18 in 2014. The mosquito-borne disease is at its peak, the CDC said, and it urged the public to get vaccinated and try to avoid mosquitoes. According to the agency, Japanese encephalitis activity is usually prevalent between May and October and peaks in June and July. Personal preventive measures include the use of repellents, long-sleeved clothes, coils and vaporizers, it said. To prevent infection, the public should also avoid visiting vector-breeding sites such as pig farms, rice fields and pigeon farms at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, it said. According to the World Health Organization, Japanese encephalitis infections are mild or without apparent symptoms, but approximately one in 250 infections results in severe disease characterized by rapid onset of high fevers, headaches and death. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-22 21:51 GMT+08:00