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Is Japanese Encephalitis Preventable?

The best way to prevent catching Japanese encephalitis is to get vaccinated.

Travellers should be vaccinated against the infection before visiting endemic areas.

Additional precautions to reduce the risk of being bitten by an infected mosquito includes:
  • Wearing loose, light-coloured, long-sleeved tops and trousers
  • Using DEET-containing insect repellent on exposed parts of the body and clothing.
  • Avoid using fragrant cosmetics or skincare products when engaging in outdoor activities
  • Re-apply insect repellent whenever necessary
  • Sleeping in rooms with close-fitting gauze over the windows and doors
  • If sleeping outside, use a mosquito net that has been covered with insecticide

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