Japanese encephalitis, H7N9, and Brugada syndrome
The municipal health authorities of Tainan announced on June 17, 2016, the city’s first case of Japanese encephalitis of the year. A 64-year-old farmer had a fever on June 9, 2016, with mental confusion. He was hospitalized on June 12, and was diagnosed as having Japanese encephalitis on June 17, 2016.
Japanese encephalitis on Taiwan begins to spread in May and reaches a peak in June and July. In 2016, so far, there have been three cases of Japanese encephalitis on Taiwan, two cases in Kaohsiung and one case in Tainan. Japanese encephalitis affects mostly adults between the ages of 30 and 59 years old.
In Liaoning province, there has also been a case of human infection by the H7N9 bird flu virus. The city of Shenyang has issued a second level travel warning. The case is that province’s first in 2016, involving a 68-year-old retired male laborer. Since autumn of 2015, there have been a total of 113 cases of human infection of H7N9 bird flu virus.
A male in Taiwan has died from the Brugada syndrome, a genetic disease with abnormal electrocardiogram (ECG) and sudden cardiac arrest. Fatal Brugada syndrome is the major cause of unexplained death of young men, and most cases have occurred in Thailand and Laos. It is a genetic disease of ventricular fibrillation or lethal arrhythmia.