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The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday the first confirmed case of Japanese encephalitis of the year.

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The case is a male in his 50s from Beimen District, Tainan City, with no recent domestic or foreign travel history and his usual activities are mainly around his home.

He started to have a fever on June 7, and developed symptoms such as lower limb weakness and altered consciousness on June 9. After seeking medical treatment, he was admitted to the hospital. After follow-up and inspection, he was diagnosed today and is currently under treatment.

There are high-risk places such as pig houses and paddy fields near the case’s home. It is judged that the infection probability is higher near the residence. The health unit has taken measures to clean the environment and hang mosquito traps for the case’s home and surrounding pig farms. Health education is provided for the local people.

From 2018 to 2021, the cumulative number of cases nationwide are 37, 21, 21 and 28 respectively, with most in adults over 40 years old, but there are cases in all age groups.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pointed out that the Japanese encephalitis epidemic season in Taiwan is from May to October every year, and the peak of the epidemic is from June to July.