VIETNAM : The Preventive Medicine Department under the Ministry of Health reported the deadly mosquito-borne disease has claimed 32 lives out of 705 reported cases in the country so far this year.
Over the past week alone, an additional 19 cases have been reported. Son La topped the list of provinces reporting fatalities with 18, followed by Hanoi and Bac Giang with four each.
Provinces with the highest number of diagnosed cases are Son La, Hanoi, Thai Binh and Ho Chi Minh City.
So far this year, Japanese encephalitis has spread to 39 provinces and cities, affecting 203 people, killing three. This specific variant of the disease has been concentrated in Son La (36 cases), Hanoi (22 cases) and An Giang (10 cases).
Viral encephalitis, including Japanese encephalitis, is dangerous because it often is deadly and commonly results in severe brain damage.
Children under 15 years of age are particularly vulnerable to contracting the disease. In severe cases a person is likely to experience high fever and symptoms related to the central nervous system.
The MoH warned that to prevent the disease, people should keep the environment, their houses and farms clean to prevent mosquitoes and should sleep in areas protected by mosquito-nets.
They should always maintain good personal hygiene, wash hands often with soap and water and properly cook food and boil all drinking water.
Vaccination is the most effectively way to prevent the disease, said the MoH