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13 Jun 2013

Taiwan CDC announced the first confirmed case of Japanese encephalitis of the year (June 13 2013, edited)

[Source: Taipei CDC, full page in Chinese: (LINK). Automatic translation.]

Taiwan CDC announced the first confirmed case of Japanese encephalitis


CDC announced the first case of Japanese encephalitis confirmed cases this year, 52-year-old male, living in Zuoying District, vaccination history is unknown, May 31 begins with fever, confusion, and other symptoms, June 8 to Medical Center visits hospitalized and diagnosed as Japanese encephalitis, is still in the intensive care unit treatment.

The annual June-July peak of the epidemic of Japanese encephalitis, the council called on the people to enhance personal anti-mosquito measures, at home if school-age infants should be vaccinated according to the schedule specified in order to avoid infection Japanese encephalitis.     Japanese encephalitis is a mosquito bites with the virus infection, the incubation period is 5-15 days, with three spots quinquefasciatus mosquitoes mainly vampire peak of dusk and dawn.

Based on previous monitoring data show that the council each year from May to October for the popular quarter, June-July for the peak of the epidemic; nearly 10 years to determine the number of cases per year is about between 15 to 40 cases, of which 0 to 2 deaths.

Since actively promote early childhood vaccination policy, nearly 10 years with confirmed cases of Japanese encephalitis neighboring Japan, South Korea, there are more adult infection trends, at the age of 30-60 years old, and in the vicinity of a home or activity paddy , pig farmers or pigeon household as a high-risk groups. Council appealed to those high-risk groups should pay particular attention to self-mosquito measures, if the risk of infection, when necessary can go to DOH hospitals or Branch, National Taiwan University Hospital Yunlin Branch, Hsinchu Branch or vaccinated at their own expense, a vaccine vaccination costs approximately between 150-500 yuan between.

Japanese encephalitis vaccine for the prevention of the most safe and effective method. Over 15 months of age should receive two injections, two weeks apart during the following year the first three inoculation, then at least five years before entering elementary school children to complete the first four vaccination clinics across the country all year round to provide vaccination services . Japanese encephalitis due to infection, severe cases may lead to mental, neurological sequelae or death, if the family has not yet been completed vaccination of school-age infants, please caregiver or clinic as soon as possible to lead to the area designated medical institutions to complete vaccination to reduce infection risk.

The Council called on the people should try to avoid at dusk and dawn, to the barn, barn or other animals mosquito breeding site activities; if unavoidable, wear light-colored long-sleeved underwear and bare spots on the body approved by the Department of Health of the smear mosquito control agents, in order to avoid mosquito bites. Please be vigilant and to strengthen the physician informed in order to facilitate disease control units to take timely preventive measures to avoid the spread of the disease. For the latest outbreak of Japanese encephalitis and various information, see the CDC WWW ( ) or call the national toll-free 1922 (or 0,800,001,922) vaccination line.