By NewsDesk @bactiman63
In a follow-up on the Japanese encephalitis situation in Taiwan, the Department of Disease Control (computer translated) reported three additional confirmed cases.
The three new cases is a man in his 60s of Zuoying District of Kaohsiung City, a man in his 50s in Nanzhou Township of Pingtung County, and a man in his 40s in Liujiao Township of Chiayi County.
All three remain hospitalized.
Risk factors include paddy fields, water rafts and poultry houses near Kaohsiung City; Pingtung County cases have had friends with pigeons; Chiayi County cases have no fixed activities except for homes and workplaces, and their homes and workplaces are nearby. There are pig houses and large drainage ditch.
In addition, a fatality due to Japanese encephalitis was reported in a 50-year-old woman in Kaohsiung City announced by the Department of Disease Control on June 4. The case was admitted to the intensive care unit on May 28.
There are 7 confirmed cases in the current year, including 4 cases in Kaohsiung City, 1 case in Chiayi City, Chiayi County and Pingtung County.
From June to July each year, Taiwan is the epidemic peak of Japanese encephalitis. If people go into high-risk environments such as pig houses and paddy fields, be sure to take anti-mosquito measures and bring the Japanese encephalitis vaccine to the children at home.