Japanese encephalitis cases increasing in Taiwan

Although the numbers of reported cases are small, they are increasing rapidly. Currently there are 5 new cases (reported from New Taipei City, Miaoli County, Chiayi County, Tainan City and Kaohsiung City) bringing the total so far to 15 across the island.

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Advice For Travellers

Short-term travellers and those who restrict their visits to urban areas are generally at very low risk. Those at higher risk are travellers who visit or work in rural agricultural areas such as rice fields and marshland. Long-term travellers and expatriates are also at higher risk. All travellers can reduce their risk of exposure to Japanese encephalitis virus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Vaccination against Japanese encephalitis is recommended for people who may be at risk.