Peak season for Japanese encephalitis in Assam, India

Transmission of the virus that causes Japanese encephalitis is peaking in Assam where there have been 295 reported cases and 66 deaths. More cases can be expected over the remainder of the transmission season.

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Advice For Travellers

Travellers to areas where this virus is circulating 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, especially if visiting rural areas where rice is grown.