The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday confirmed two new cases of Japanese encephalitis, urging the public to take precautions as the mosquito-borne disease has already entered its peak season.
The two new cases are a 56-year-old man from Changhua County and a 70-year-old woman from Greater Tainan, both of whom live near potentially high-risk breeding sites of mosquitoes, such as rice fields, hog and pigeon farms, the centers said in a statement.
There have been six reported cases of Japanese encephalitis this year: two in Greater Tainan, two in Changhua, one in Greater Taichung and one in Chiayi City. All of the cases are aged over 45.
The centers urged the public to take preventive measures against the disease, such as getting vaccinated, avoiding high-risk areas during dawn and dusk, wearing light-colored long-sleeved shirts and applying mosquito repellent on any bare skin.
In other news, the Taoyuan County Government Public Health Bureau yesterday said it recently imposed a NT$15,000 (US$500) fine on a kindergarten in the county’s Bade City (八德) for failing to suspend classes after two children were diagnosed with enterovirus infection within the same week.
“Even during the summer vacation, kindergartens and after school care centers are required to adhere to the ‘1-1-2-7 rule,’ which demands that educational facilities suspend a class for seven days if two or more students in the same class are infected with the disease in the same week,” the bureau said in a press release issued yesterday.
It is the second time this year the bureau has issued such a fine.
Citing statistics, the bureau said the number of hospital visits by enterovirus patients nationwide between June 22 and June 28 was 1,434, down 13.5 percent from the previous week, including 146 by Taoyuan residents.
Only four critical cases of enterovirus have been reported thus far, none of which was in Taoyuan, the bureau added.
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