Bangor conservation expert falls ill with brain infection Uni lecturer fights for life in Bangkok hospital
in a critical condition.
“The staff of Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden as well as the healthcare staff at the hospitals in Xishuangbanna and Bangkok have provided excellent care and support for Sophie and her family.
“In addition, the staff of the British Embassy and the insurance company have provided invaluable assistance.
“Sophie, a highly-respected and well-liked conservation expert, was working on the joint project between Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden and Bangor University’s Treborth Botanical when she was taken ill.
“Both organisations are supporting Sophie’s family and we wish Sophie a rapid recovery.”
Well-wishers have flooded the Facebook page of Drymbago, an amateur music band Dr Williams is a member of.
Japanese encephalitis is most common in rural areas throughout South East Asia, the Pacific islands and the Far East, but is very rare in travellers. The virus is found in pigs and birds, and is passed to mosquitoes that bite the animals. It cannot be spread from person to person.