Alert for Murray Valley encephalitis in Northern Territory, Australia

Health authorities are warning the population about the possible risk of Murray Valley encephalitis. The virus has been detected in chickens that are used as sentinels to detect any increase in virus transmission by infected mosquitoes.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Murray Valley Encephalitis Virus.

Advice For Travellers

The risk for the general traveller is low. Only one in 1,000 people who are bitten by an infected mosquito actually develop the encephalitis (brain inflammation). However, in those rare cases, the consequences could be severe. Travellers can reduce the risk further by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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