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Travel Health Advice - Japanese encephalitis

Japanese encephalitis

What is it?A serious viral infection causing febrile headache or aseptic meningitis. Severe cases show a quick onset and progression, with headache, high fever and meningeal signs. Permanent neurological consequences are common in survivors. 50% of clinical cases are fatal. How is it transmitted? Mosquito bite. Where is it present? Asia and northern Queensland. Level of risk? Low. What can I do to prevent getting it? Vaccination; avoid mosquito bites. Treatment? Supportive.


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