COMMUNITY SITE: Focus on a Killer

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Science  16 Sep 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5742, pp. 1795
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5742.1795b

West Nile virus has monopolized the media's attention, but each year its cousin that causes Japanese encephalitis infects about 50,000 people. Some 10,000 die, mainly children. The new portal Japanese Encephalitis Prevention Network (JEPN) will allow researchers, health officials, and others to swap information about the mosquito-borne disease that's endemic to Asia. Hosted by the Seattle-based nonprofit PATH, the growing site already offers resources such as the latest news on research and outbreaks and a tutorial on the disease's epidemiology and control. Tools allow visitors to graph and map cases and deaths. JEPN's creators hope that other nations will add information for more countries and years.

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