Japanese encephalitis outbreak in Assam, India

In the past 10 days,13 persons have died, and 22 have been infected with the Japanese encephalitis virus in the Jorhat district.

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Advice For Travellers

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.