Tainan City, Taiwan, reported the first case of Japanese encephalitis in 2022

The Taiwan Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first confirmed case of Japanese encephalitis this year on Monday.

The patient is in his 50s from Beimen District of Tainan City, who has no recent history of local or overseas travel and whose usual activities mainly revolve around his residence.

On June 7, 2022, he developed a fever and after two days he experienced weakness in the paralysis of the lower limbs and an altered state of consciousness. He consulted a doctor and was subsequently hospitalized. yesterday he was diagnosed during follow-up and examination and is currently receiving treatment for his condition.

The patient’s residence is near high-risk locations such as pig farms and rice fields. According to estimates, there is a greater risk of infection close to home. The health team disinfected the surroundings and installed mosquito nets for the patient’s home and adjacent animal farms. Residents have been informed of the situation and have received the health instructions to follow.

From 2018 to 2021, the total number of occurrences in the country was 37 cases, 21 cases, 21 cases and 28 cases respectively, with the majority occurring in people over the age of 40, but there are cases in all age brackets. of age.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Japanese encephalitis epidemic season in Taiwan runs from May to October each year, with the epidemic peaking in June and July.

Source: Medriva.

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