Japanese encephalitis cases imported to Hong Kong

Health authorities in Hong Kong have reported the third case of Japanese encephalitis this year. The latest case travelled from Chongqing in southwest China. Japanese encephalitis occurs frequently in eastern China. Although Hong Kong is well within the geographic distribution of this virus, outbreaks are uncommon. Travellers in eastern China 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.

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