Deaths due to Japanese encephalitis in Assam, India

At least 66 people from various districts in Assam have died from Japanese encephalitis. In 1 week, the total rose from 22 deaths to the current 66.


This is the Japanese encephalitis virus transmission season in northeastern India. 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.