Australian traveller to Bali infected with Japanese encephalitis

A traveller who spent 9 days in Bali (in Seminyak and Canggu) returned to Victoria where he developed Japanese encephalitis. The case emphasizes the importance of avoiding mosquito bites and seeking advice about appropriate vaccinations before travel overseas.

Short-term travellers and those who restrict their visits to urban areas are generally at very low risk. Those at higher risk are travellers who visit or work in rural agricultural areas such as rice fields and marshland. Long-term travellers and expatriates are also at higher risk. All travellers can reduce their risk of exposure to Japanese encephalitis virus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Vaccination against Japanese encephalitis is recommended for people who may be at risk.

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