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Japanese Encephalitis cases detected in NSW

The Japanese Encephalitis virus has recently been identified in commercial piggeries in locations in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. Local infection risks in NSW are likely highest among:

  • people working at or living close to piggeries, or both, which have tested positive for the virus
  • people who engage in outdoor activities (such as camping, fishing, hiking) near significant mosquito populations, particularly near waterways.

GPs are advised to consider the diagnosis of Japanese Encephalitis in patients presenting with fever, headache and signs of encephalitis. Further they should encourage all patients to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

View a Japanese Encephalitis Update for GPs here. Access information & resources from NSW Health here

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