Japanese encephalitis is present in Kamrup city and district in India

Health officials have reported an outbreak of encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) in the city and district of Kamrup. Among the 26 cases of brain inflammation in the city itself, 3 cases have been confirmed as due to infection with the Japanese encephalitis virus. The cause of the other cases is not clear, but may also be due to Japanese encephalitis virus. In the district, there have been 15 cases of Japanese encephalitis. Some of the hospitalized persons remain in critical condition. There are no reports of deaths.

Travellers to this area should be aware of the risk of exposure to Japanese encephalitis virus and take all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Travellers should consider obtaining vaccination against Japanese encephalitis.

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