Measures to control Japanese encephalitis in Myanmar

Nineteen (including 4 children) of the 179 people infected with the Japanese encephalitis virus have died. Authorities will implement a vaccination program in Rakhine and northern Shan states, where most of the deaths have occurred. Cases of this infection have also been reported in Ayeyarwady, Yangon and Bago regions and Kayin and Mon states.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure in some areas may be high. Travellers to areas where this virus is circulating can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Vaccination against Japanese encephalitis is recommended, especially if visiting rural areas where rice is grown.