Japanese encephalitis still a danger in Taiwan: CDC
August 8, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
TAIPEI--Taiwan reported the year's 13th Japanese encephalitis case Aug. 5, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Thursday, reminding the public to be on guard against the mosquito-borne disease.
A 42-year-old woman in northern Taiwan's Hsinchu County developed symptoms of fever and headache from July 16 and remains hospitalized, the CDC said.
The case was the first to be reported from Hsinchu, following others in Changhua, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Taichung and Pingtung, according to the CDC.
Japanese encephalitis is usually prevalent between May and October, and the authorities urged the public to get vaccinated and to try to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Preventive measures include wearing long-sleeved clothing and using mosquito repellent, coils and vaporizers.