Japanese encephalitis outbreak increases in Uttar Pradesh, India

With the onset of the monsoon season and the resulting increase in the mosquito populations, health officials are recording an increasing number of cases of Japanese encephalitis in the seven high-risk districts of Uttar Pradesh. Since the beginning of 2011, a total of 450 cases and 77 deaths have been reported. The worst affected districts are Gorakhpur with 111 cases and 21 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 being vaccinated with the Japanese encephalitis vaccine.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Japanese encephalitis.

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