Japanese encephalitis in Assam State, India

So far there have been 350 deaths due to Japanese encephalitis reported in 21 districts of Assam. The most affected district has been Sivasagar. Deaths due to this infection are also being reported in the north and south of West Bengal.

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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