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Japanese encephalitis is present in Pune, Maharashtra, India

Health officials have expressed concern after 2 cases of Japanese encephalitis were diagnosed during the first 10 days of December. This is the first time in Pune and western Maharashtra that cases of Japanese encephalitis have been detected as the disease is usually seen in the state’s eastern districts.

Advice

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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