Concerns for spread of Japanese encephalitis in Upper Assam, India

So far this year, there have been 565 reported cases of Japanese encephalitis with 132 deaths. While these numbers are slightly less compared to last year, authorities are concerned that the current rainy season could cause even more cases. The most affected districts include Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar and Tinsukia.

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Advice For Travellers

Short-term travellers and those who restrict their visits to urban areas are generally at very low risk. However, the risk varies according to season, destination, duration of travel, and activities. Vaccination is recommended for travellers with extensive outdoor exposure (camping, hiking, working, etc.) during the transmission season, particularly in endemic countries or areas where flooding irrigation is practised. 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.

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