Chiayi reports second Japanese encephalitis case

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Photo courtesy of Chiayi County government

Photo courtesy of Chiayi County government

Taipei, July 16 (CNA) A second Japanese encephalitis case has been confirmed in Chiayi County, bringing to 14 the total number of such cases in Taiwan this year, health officials of the southern Taiwan county said Sunday.

The patient was a 57-year-old man and resident of Shuishang Township, who developed a fever and a stiff neck and temporarily lost consciousness on July 7 and sought emergency treatment at a hospital.

He was confirmed to have been infected with Japanese encephalitis on July 14. He is now being treated in an intensive care unit.

The man, who did not live near pig, pigeon or fowl farms, which are often breeding grounds for mosquitoes, is the 14th Japanese encephalitis case in Taiwan.

A 54-year-old woman in Chiayi county was confirmed to have been infected with Japanese encephalitis earlier this month.

Health officials said vaccination is the best way to guard against the mosquito-borne disease.

(By Yeh Tzu-kang and Lilian Wu)
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