By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Taiwan Department of Disease Control announced this week on the fourth case of Japanese encephalitis this year (2020) in the country.

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The patient is a 60-year-old male living in Fengshan District, Kaohsiung City. He has no recent travel history.

The case went to the clinic for fever and neck stiffness on June 13 and went to the clinic again because of symptoms that did not improve. On the 14th, he was re-treated and admitted to the hospital. On the 16th, he changed his consciousness and was admitted to the intensive care unit.

According to the monitoring data of the CDC, there have been 4 confirmed cases so far this year in the country. The cases live in two cases in Pingtung County, one in Tainan City and one in Kaohsiung City, respectively.


According to the Department of Disease Control, most people have no obvious symptoms after Japanese encephalitis infection. A few will have headache, fever or aseptic meningitis. In severe cases, there may be changes in consciousness, inability to distinguish people from time to time, general weakness, and brain nerves. Functional impairment, paralysis, etc., even coma or death. The most effective way to prevent Japanese encephalitis is to vaccinate, reminding the public that they should bring their children over 15 months old to the local health clinics or contract hospitals to get the Japanese encephalitis vaccine to avoid serious sequelae caused by infection. People who live in high-risk environments such as pig houses and rice fields near their homes or places of activity. If they feel that they are at risk of infection, they can go to the Travel Medical Clinic to evaluate the vaccination at their own expense.

The Department of Disease Control reminds that the epidemic of encephalitis in Japan is at its peak. Taiwan uses house mosquitoes, house mosquitoes and white-headed mosquitoes as the main vector mosquitoes. It is often born in rice fields, ponds and irrigation ditches. The peak of blood-sucking is dusk During the dawn period, people are urged to avoid activities in the vicinity of high-risk environments during the peak blood-sucking period of vector mosquitoes; if unavoidable, they should wear light-colored long-sleeved underwear and use government agencies to approve DEDE Or the anti-mosquito agent of Picaridin ingredients to reduce the risk of infection by vector mosquito bites.