Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine

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Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine

Why is it important to get vaccinated for Japanese encephalitis? Japanese encephalitis is a severe infection caused by a virus. It is common in rural areas in the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, and the Far East. The disease is viral and occurs in the brain, which spreads through mosquito bites. The virus is often found in birds and pigs.

Fortunately, it does not spread from person to person, and the risk for most travelers is quite low. The risk is high for the people who live in the area where the disease usually occurs or to travelers who have been in the area for long periods. One thing to know about Japanese encephalitis is that most people with the virus do not show any symptoms.

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Some people might show some symptoms such as a mild fever and headache. Some people might also have severe symptoms such as encephalitis or brain infection. Additionally, a person with this infection may experience neck stiffness, fever, seizures, coma, and may even die. Of the people who survive, around half will have a permanent disability while it may harm the unborn child of a pregnant woman.

Common Symptoms of Japanese Encephalitis

As mentioned before, JE does not always show any symptoms. Most of the time, it will only show mild, flu-like symptoms. On the other hand, there are rare cases of the infection spreading to the brain, which can be severe and sometimes life-threatening. The most severe symptoms of this infection are:

  • Uncontrollable tremors
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis or muscle weakness
  • Loss of speech
  • Mental confusion

The people who survived Japanese encephalitis can take months to recover completely. Even when they finally recover, they will mostly still have long-term problems.

Causes of Japanese Encephalitis

The cause of Japanese encephalitis is a type of virus that pigs and birds primarily carry. However, this virus can also affect humans although it cannot be transmitted from humans to humans. A person can catch the virus through the bites of a mosquito that has bitten an infected animal. While the disease is most common in rural areas because of the high mosquito population there, it is found in urban areas too.

What to Do

Now that you know the danger of Japanese encephalitis, what do you do next if you recently went or have to travel to a high-risk area?  In that case, make sure to make an appointment with your doctor or head straight to our clinic. We have excellent doctors whom you can consult with regarding the vaccines to protect you against Japanese encephalitis.

Vaccination is the most effective way you can avoid the disease. Additionally, it would help to prevent getting bitten by mosquitos while living in a high-risk area. On that note, you can use mosquito nets and insecticide to ensure a mosquito will not bite you during sleep. During the day, it would help to wear loose-fitting clothes that can cover most of your skin.

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Additionally, you should use insect repellent lotion on your body as well as spray in your room. If you recently went or planning to go on a trip to countries such as Burma, China, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Philippines, Nepal, Laos, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia, make sure to get vaccinated and employ the tips to repel mosquito to avoid becoming infected with Japanese encephalitis.

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