Taiwan still in Japanese encephalitis peak season

Taipei, Taiwan is still in the peak season for Japanese encephalitis, with four new cases confirmed across the nation last week. according to a statement issued Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Last week, four cases of Japanese encephalitis were reported, with the patients ranging in age from 37 to 52 years old. One each of the cases was recorded in Yilan, Taoyaun, Yunlin and Hualien. All four patients are in intensive care, and one of them is still unconscious, the CDC said.

The confirmation of the four most recent cases brings the total number for the year to 26. CDC data shows that over the past six years, the number of Japanese encephalitis cases in Taiwan were 26 in 2012, 15 in 2013, 12 in 2014, 24 in 2015, 16 in 2016 and 19 in 2017.

In Taiwan, Japanese encephalitis is usually prevalent from May to October and peaks between June and July. The disease is mainly transmitted by the Culex tritaeniorhynchus mosquito, which is known to breed in rice fields, ponds and irrigation canals.

The CDC has advised people to avoid visiting such places and farms, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active, and to make sure their young children are vaccinated against the disease.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel