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Mosquito-borne disease a threat to migrant children

Local health authorities reported this year's first case of encephalitis B today. A 11-year-old migrant boy who came to Shanghai to visit his family was diagnosed for the infectious disease.

To prevent the mosquito-borne disease from spreading, the Songjiang District public health authorities began inspecting mosquito-breeding grounds and ponds and sprayed them with pesticides.

The community hospital checked every child living within 300 meters of the boy's home for vaccination against encephalitis B and gave shots to those who had not been vaccinated. The health authorities said they will evaluate these epidemic control measures.

Officials from Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention said encephalitis B mainly affects children under 14.

Shanghai usually has 13 to 14 cases a year with most victims being migrants' children who were not vaccinated. Migrant parents should take their children for vaccination in time. It is free, officials said.

Shanghai Health Bureau reported 13 cases of encephalitis B last year, only three were local children.


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