More acute encephalitis in Bihar, India

There have been 6 more deaths due to acute encephalitis (brain inflammation) along with 21 people who have been hospitalized in Gaya. Some, but not all, of the cases may be due to Japanese encephalitis infection.

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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 for Japanese encephalitis. However, the risk varies according to season, destination, duration of travel, and activities. Vaccination is recommended for travellers with extensive outdoor exposure (camping, hiking, working, etc.) during the transmission season, particularly in endemic countries or areas where flooding irrigation is practised. 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.