Do you need a Japanese Encephalitis vaccine? Fleet Street Clinic in London is a specialist vaccine clinic providing travel vaccines and travel health advice from our team of travel medics.
Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is a life-threatening virus which is spread to humans via the infected bite of a Culex mosquito. The virus is found in areas of south-east Asia and the Indian subcontinent. The infection affects the brain causing neurological problems. It is estimated that there are around 70,000 cases each year, with 20,000 of those being fatal. There is no specific cure for the illness and therefore treatment is supportive rather than curative. A vaccine is available.
JE is transmitted mainly by night-biting mosquitoes that have bitten farm animals (particularly domestic pigs or birds). The mosquito species are found in agricultural areas where the larvae develop in groundwater (mainly flooded rice growing areas) and therefore Japanese Encephalitis is predominantly a rural problem. It is mainly a seasonal disease prevalent during and after the monsoon season but can occur all-year-round in the tropics.
Vaccination is advised for travellers who:
In addition to the vaccination, travellers need to ensure they take adequate to avoid mosquito bites. This can be achieved by:
Fleet Street Clinic is a leading London travel clinic with over 20 years experience. For your vaccination, call Fleet Street Clinic today on 0207 353 5678, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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