Japanese encephalitis in South Korea

The first case this year of Japanese encephalitis infection nationwide has been reported from Gwangju.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Japanese encephalitis.

Advice For Travellers

While the risk of exposure to Japanese encephalitis virus is low for the general traveller, there is still some risk since South Korea is in the geographic zone for transmission of the virus. Travellers to areas where this virus is circulating 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 travellers visiting rural areas or engaging in agricultural activities such as rice cultivation.

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