Mayor Ferdie visited 10 year old young Baliwagenya Patient xxx from brgy. Pinagbarilan who had recovered from Japanese Encephalitis.
According to the World Health Organization, Japanese Encephalitis virus JEV is the most important cause of viral encephalitis in Asia. It is a mosquito-borne flavivirus, and belongs to the same genus as dengue, yellow fever and West Nile viruses. The first case of Japanese encephalitis viral disease (JE) was documented in 1871 in Japan. It is characterized by the onset of high fever and severe headache Most JEV infections are mild (fever and headache) or without apparent symptoms, but approximately 1 in 250 infections results in severe clinical illness. Severe disease is characterized by rapid onset of high fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, seizures, spastic paralysis and ultimately death. The case-fatality rate can be as high as 30% among those with disease symptoms. Of those who survive, 20%–30% suffer permanent intellectual, behavioural or neurological problems such as paralysis, recurrent seizures or the inability to speak.
The first known Japanese Encephalitis unfortunately had spastic paralysis and nuerological problems.
Mayor Ferdie reminded all residents in the area to continue the 4 o clock habit or the habit of cleaning every 4 oclock in the afternoon or before sunset and in the morning after sunrise.