Japanese encephalitis outbreak in the Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar

Out of the 26 townships in this region, 22 have reported people infected with Japanese encephalitis with a total of 69 infected people and 10 deaths. Most of these people are coming from the rural areas, with only 2 people from an urban area, and the most affected area is Mawlamyine Kyun Township.

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Advice For Travellers

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.