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Hong Kong confirms new encephalitis case

Hong Kong authorities have confirmed a local case of Japanese encephalitis in a 36-year-old man. The victim had developed a headache on July 28, and was admitted to hospital two days later, complaining of confused speech and seizures.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong authorities have confirmed a local case of Japanese encephalitis in a 36-year-old man. The Centre for Health Protection announced that the victim had developed a headache on July 28, and was admitted to hospital two days later, complaining of confused speech and seizures.

The city has recorded four cases of the disease so far this year - three local and one imported. Six cases were reported last year.

While authorities played down the risk of a major outbreak, they are urging the public to take precautions against mosquito-transmitted diseases.

Leung Ting-hung, controller at Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection, said: "So far, we haven't seen any connection both in terms of occurrence in time, and place and they're more than two kilometres apart, and so do not see any direct link among the cases."

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