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Japanese Encephalitis

Japanese encephalitis is a viral brain infection that's spread through mosquito bites. It's typically found in rural areas in southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands and the Far East.

It’s estimated less than 1 in a million travellers get Japanese encephalitis in any given year. However given how quickly the condition can develop and become serious, we recommend getting the vaccine before you travel.

How to prevent Japanese Encephalitis

The best way to prevention is to be vaccinated against the infection before you visit a part of the world where there’s a risk of catching it. This is especially important if your trip involves going to rural areas.

Alongside the vaccination we also recommend the following to reduce your risk:

  • Sleeping in rooms with close-fitting gauze over the windows and doors – if you’re sleeping outside, use a mosquito net that’s been impregnated with insecticide.
  • Covering up with long-sleeved tops, trousers and socks.
  • Applying a good-quality insect repellent to exposed areas of skin.

Signs of Japanese Encephalitis

Japanese encephalitis causes headache, convulsions, encephalitis and meningitis. Most people will have a mild illness with no or few symptoms. However, in some cases, the disease can progress and become fatal.

If you experience symptoms, seek medical advice.

If you begin to show symptoms of the condition, we recommend seeking immediate medical advice if you have recently visited, or are still in, an area where the infection is found.

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