Japanese encephalitis - How is it prevented?

Japanese encephalitis is recommended for travellers who are to spend more than one month in rural areas of high-risk regions especially around flooded rice fields and fields with flooding irrigation.1  If you are likely to travel to an area where Japanese encephalitis exists try to avoid mosquito bites by:3

  • using mosquito repellents, coils and sprays
  • using mosquito nets to sleep under at night
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers to protect as much skin as possible. Light coloured clothing is better because dark colours tend to trap body heat, which attracts mosquitoes.

Each time you plan to travel, show your doctor or travel medicine specialist, your travel itinerary at least 6-8 weeks before you leave4 to check if you need to take any precautionary measures against Japanese encephalitis.

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