Korea on Alert for Japanese Encephalitis

      April 04, 2016 09:42

      An alert for Japanese encephalitis has been issued for the entire country.

      The disease is transmitted by the Culex tritaeniorhynchus mosquito, which was discovered in South Gyeongsang Province and on Jeju Island last Friday for the first time this year, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

      The period when the adult mosquitoes are active came early this year as a result of the unusually warm weather. Last year the alert was issued on April 8 and in 2015 on April 21.

      The mosquito breeds in rice paddies, livestock pens or puddles and comes out in droves in June, when the weather gets hot, and is rampant in August.

      "In 95 percent of bites there are no or slight symptoms, but in rare cases they can result in acute fatal symptoms of the nervous system and death," said Ju Young-ran of the KCDC.

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