Update: More mysterious encephalopathy deaths in India

Authorities are uncertain about the causes of an outbreak of encephalopathy as 14 more deaths in just one week added to the 100 cases in the past 2 months. Only 1/3 of deaths are linked to Japanese encephalitis (JE) and 2/3 to non-JE [Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, or AES]. Intense investigations about the mysterious deaths are underway, while authorities said that affected children ate a plant called 'bana chakunda'.

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Advice For Travellers

Travellers to areas where Japanese encephalitis 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 for travellers visiting rural areas or engaging in agricultural activities such as rice cultivation.