Taiwan records year's ninth Japanese encephalitis case
Central News Agency
2014-07-11 10:47 AM
Taipei, July 11 (CNA) Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed Friday the year's ninth case of Japanese encephalitis, reminding the public to be on guard against the mosquito-born disease. The most recent case is a 66-year-old woman from southern Taiwan's Pingtung County. She is reportedly gradually recovering after being taken to the hospital June 30. Of the nine cases confirmed so far, all have been in patients over 40 from across the country, with two each in Changhua County in central Taiwan and Chiayi and Tainan cities in the south, and one each in the central city of Taichung and the southern Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County. Japanese encephalitis usually becomes prevalent between May and October and peaks in June and July each year, according to the CDC. Authorities urged the public to get vaccinated and try to avoid mosquito bites. Preventive measures include wearing long-sleeved clothing and using mosquito repellent, coils and vaporizers. According to the World Health Organization, most Japanese encephalitis infections are mild or have no apparent symptoms, but approximately 1 in 250 infections result in severe disease characterized by the rapid onset of high fever, headache and even death. The mortality rate can be as high as 30 percent among those who display symptoms. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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