Korea to announce first case of Japanese encephalitis in 2021


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) confirmed the first Japanese encephalitis patient in Korea on August 30 this year, and special precautions such as compliance with preventive measures are required to avoid mosquito bites.

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The case is a woman in her 40s living in Sejong City. She has no other disease other than an ovarian cyst and has no history of Japanese encephalitis vaccine.

The location of the infection may be different from the patient’s residence, and an epidemiological investigation is currently underway.

This patient was the first patient to receive a warning (Thursday, August 5) as the first patient in 2021 consultation for Japanese encephalitis (Monday, March 22), and the first patient occurred a month earlier than last year (October 8).

Japanese encephalitis is transmitted by mosquito-borne mosquitoes, and clinical symptoms occur in about 1 in 250 people, some life-threatening severe meningitis, 20-30% of deaths and 30-50% of survivors have neurological, cognitive or behavioral impairments. effect.

Children between 12 months and 12 years of age are eligible for the Japan National Influenza National Vaccine Program and should be vaccinated according to a regular vaccination schedule.

It is recommended for adults who have not been vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis among adults living in high-risk areas for Japanese encephalitis and planning to travel to countries with Japanese encephalitis.

Countries with Japanese encephalitis: Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, China, Guam, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Siphon, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, East Timor, etc.

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