More deaths due to Japanese encephalitis in West Bengal, India

A young boy hospitalized in the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital has died from Japanese encephalitis. So far, there have been 14 deaths since July 1st at this institution while 17 people remain hospitalized with this 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. 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.