Jessica Licayan is an outgoing girl described by her parents but they still can’t believe that a simple stiff neck is a symptom of a deadly disease.  Monica Charmaine Licayan, Jessica’s mother was interviewed by TV Patrol Pampanga and revealed that her daughter experienced stiff neck and a high fever at the same time last February.

Stiff Neck One Symptoms of Japanese Encephalitis Disease
When Jessica had her check-up, her medical results revealed that she is in a good condition however; her health became worse where she experienced hallucination and brain hemorrhage. She was even brought to a hospital in Manila because her parents thought that she had a dengue but the result was negative until she died last March. The doctors then revealed that Japanese Encephalitis is the cause of her death.

Japanese Encephalitis rising in Philippines

According to a record by the Department of health, there are a total of 149 cases of Japanese Encephalitis at Central Luzon particularly in Pampanga with at least 22 cases. It is a viral disease spread through mosquito bites specifically Culex Tritaeniorhynchus as the main carrier of the ailment than can lead to death.

Its symptoms will develop within 5 to 15 days such as vomiting, nausea, fever, tiredness and difficulty to move. Not only humans can be affected by these illness but also domestic animals such as birds, frogs, snakes, and bats. Children below 15 years old are more vulnerable to be infected due to their weak immune system. If patients are untreated, they will suffer physical disabilities, behavioral problems, brain damage, and cognitive and language problems.

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There is no specific medicine for this yet you can avoid it through vaccination. It will worth Php 3000 to Php 5000 at public hospitals and clinics. That is why medical practitioners advised everyone that if you are experiencing all the symptoms of Japanese Encephalitis, you need some help from the Doctors.

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