Japanese encephalitis reported from Taiwan

Last week, Taichung, Hsinchu County and City, and Yunlin County reported the first confirmed cases of Japanese encephalitis this year. So far, a total of 14 cases have occurred. There may be sporadic cases in other areas.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk for travellers is generally low, unless the traveller is visiting mostly rural areas. Travellers to areas where this virus is circulating 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, especially if visiting rural rice growing areas.