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4th indigenous Japanese encephalitis case reported

TAIPEI--Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed yesterday the year's fourth case of Japanese encephalitis following three confirmed last week.

The most recent case is a 67-year-old man from the central county of Changhua, who remains in critical condition after being taken to the hospital on June 15.

The three indigenous cases identified last week are a 52-year-old man in the central municipality of Taichung, a 46-year-old man in the southern city of Tainan and a 50-year-old man in the southern city of Chiayi.

Japanese encephalitis usually becomes prevalent between May and October and peaks in June and July each year, according to the CDC.

Among the 16 confirmed cases last year, 11 were identified in June, while 15 of the 32 cases in 2012 were also identified in the month.

Compared to this year's four cases, seven Japanese encephalitis infections were recorded through June 24 last year, the CDC said.

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