Japanese encephalitis is slowly increasing in Taiwan

So far, there have been 15 cases of Japanese encephalitis reported by Changhua, Hsinchu and Pingtung counties and the cities of Chiayi, Tainan, and Taichung. Most of the cases were involved in or living near agricultural areas. 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.

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