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CDC reports 4 new cases of Japanese encephalitis

TAIPEI--The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed four new cases of Japanese encephalitis in Taiwan yesterday and urged the public to take precautions against mosquito bites during the disease's peak transmission period of June-July.

The four patients, all residing in Tainan City, were treated and some have been discharged from the hospital, according to a statement released by the CDC.

The two men and two women infected with the disease are between 40 and 74 years old, it said.

It has been confirmed that the patients had been living or working in places close to pig pens, pigeon farms, ponds, heron nests or other areas prone to mosquito infestations, the CDC said. Japanese encephalitis is transmitted mainly by mosquitoes.

The incubation period for the disease is 5-15 days, the CDC said. In mild cases, the symptoms are headache and fever, while in severe cases the patient may suffer convulsions, it said.

Late last month, the CDC confirmed Taiwan's first case of Japanese encephalitis this year.

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