Japanese encephalitis increasing in Morigaon District, Assam, India

Japanese encephalitis virus has infected more than 200 people in several villages in the Morigaon district of Assam state. Six people have died, including a 9 year old child.

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Advice For Travellers

At this time of year, Japanese encephalitis virus circulates in northeastern India. The risk of exposure for the general traveller will vary from place to place, but may be high in rural areas. 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, especially if visiting rural rice growing areas.