On 11 June 2015, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) announced this year’s first case of Japanese encephalitis (JE) in Taiwan. Since then, cases of JE have continued to be reported, recently 5 cases were reported in one week making a total of 15 cases for 2015, thus far.
The 5 most recent cases were located in: New Taipei City, Miaoli county, Chiayi county, Tainan City and Kaohsiung City. Four of these case either live or work close to risk areas for JE transmission.
Advice for Travellers
Japanese encephalitis vaccine is recommended for certain travellers considered to be at risk; particularly during the high risk season. Travellers should also take steps to avoid mosquito bites.