Subject: AP: Timor Woman Dies of Encephalitis

Timor Woman Dies of Encephalitis

05/19/2000 AP Online

DILI, East Timor (AP) - An East Timorese woman has died after being bitten by a mosquito carrying a virulent strain of encephalitis - the first time the virus has been detected in the region, U.N. officials said Friday.

Dr. Alex Andjaparidze, who heads the World Health Organization's team in Dili, said the woman tested positive for the disease on May 11. She slipped into a coma and died two days later.

A 12-year-old girl from the same village in the Viqueque region, about 60 miles southeast of East Timor 's capital, Dili, was hospitalized last week after testing positive for the Japanese encephalitis virus. She was in a stable condition Friday.

The disease is believed to be passed from infected pigs to humans by two types of mosquitoes. The region where the virus was detected has been cut off from the rest of the island by monsoon rains that damaged roads and bridges.

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