Seroepidemiology of Japanese Encephalitis Virus Infection in Hualien, Taiwan
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Seroepidemiology of Japanese Encephalitis Virus Infection in Hualien, Taiwan|
- Measure the subclinical infection rate in the cohort population during the summer ( May 2010 ~ Sep 2010) [ Time Frame: May 2010 - Oct 2010 ]
We exam 2 sera from volunteer collected seperately on May and October 2010 to estimate the subclinical infection rate. Subclinical infection rate was defined by one of the following
- 4 times increased in IgG titer
- Appearance of IgM in the second sera
- Apperance of Anti-NS1 antibody in the second sera
Biospecimen Retention: Samples Without DNA
|Study Start Date:||May 2010|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2010|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
According to CDC Taiwan epidemiology data, Hualien county had 6 confirmed JEV infection patients in 2009 witch was the highest county in Taiwan. Since mass vaccination was arranged since 45 years ago in Taiwan, most of the JEV infection was happened on the elderly, possible due to aging and immune compromised. However, from Mennonite Christian Hospital and CDC records, most of the confirmed JEV patients in Hualien county were aboriginal people. The youngest patient in 2009 is around 30-year-old who lived in the mountain side aboriginal village. Whether aboriginal people are at more risk for JEV infection or Genotype I JEV was appeared in Hualien with more virulent, resistent to vaccine protection is unknown.
In order to understand the risk of JEV infection and environmental (mosquito, swine) surveillance, we had arranged a small cohort study in 2 villages. The 2 villages are located at middle Hualien with direct distance around 20 KM between each other. Both villages had several pig farms and mosquito numbers in summer were very high. Both villages had document JEV infection resident in past 2 years. The first village was near the river ready to entrance the sea (wetlands) and many migrate birds appeared in the summer every year. The residence were mostly Han people. The seconds village was located very closed to the central mountain Taiwan and the residence were almost aboriginal people.
In this year 2010, we plan to do the following research:
- Collect mosquito in 2 villages since May.2010 with RT-PCT method to identify the JEV genotype
- Collect sera from swine in 2 villages to identify the JEV genotype
- Collect sera from 312 residency in 2 villages at May and Sep 2010 to detect sub-clinical infection rate. ( estimated sub-clinical infection rate = 2.5%)
- Identify the JEV from new diagnosed patient in 2010.
Since virus was hardly detected by RT-PCR or virus isolation from JEV infected patient, the virus identified from mosquito or swine in the nearby may show indirect evidence of the JEV genotype.
After comparing the 2 sera from the same person during the summer in these 2 villages, we can identify:
- The subclinical infection rate of the JEV (genotype I or III, depends on JEV isolated from mosquito)
- Whether aboriginal people near the central mountains are at more risk then people near the wetlands.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01163123
|Study Director:||ChenChang Shih|