Chang-Hua Hospital, Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps
Chang-Hua Hospital, Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps

A 31-year-old Indonesian migrant worker has been diagnosed with Japanese encephalitis in Changhua, central Taiwan.

On June 8, the male migrant worker was admitted to hospital in Yunlin County. He showed symptoms of feverishness, an impaired mental state and pneumonia, as well as suffering periods of unconsciousness, The Liberty Times reported.

By June 10, he was diagnosed with Japanese encephalitis and referred to Chang-Hua Hospital for further treatment. There, he has reportedly regained consciousness.

Wang Hsiao-Chi, director of the Disease Control Section of the Public Health Bureau of Changhua County, said the man had neither a past history of the disease nor a recent travel history. This suggested that he could have contracted the disease locally. His workplace in Xizhou town is home to two pig farms.

The authorities noted that the neighborhood showed a mild proliferation of the principal type of mosquito known for spreading the disease, Culex tritaeniorhynchus. As a result, 467 people aged 50 or older have been given precautionary vaccinations against Japanese encephalitis, at no charge.