More encephalitis cases in north eastern India possibly caused by Japanese encephalitis virus

In the past 24 hours, 2 children from Bansihari have died of viral encephalitis (brain inflammation). At least 10 other cases are suspected. Although not confirmed by laboratory tests, authorities suspect that the cause of these infections is the Japanese encephalitis virus.

Travellers should be aware that encephalitis cases, with fatalities, continue to occur in north eastern India. Medical authorities believe that the cause is Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus. Travellers should be aware of the risk of exposure to JE and take all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Travellers should consider obtaining vaccination against JE.

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