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    Japanese Encephalitis

    08:31AM, 09 July, 2020

    Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is serious infection on the brain. It is being transmitted by mosquitoes (Culex) just like dengue fever.

    Symptoms of JE includes:

    • Persistent fever
    • Chills and rigor
    • Reduced conscious level
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Convulsion or fits
    • Headache and dizziness
    • Muscle weakness

    The outcome of severe Japanese Encephalitis is usually poor with permanent neurological deficits like paralysis or Cerebral palsy. JE is a serious disease that may cause death

    What can you do to prevent Japanese Encephalitis (JE)

    - If you are a traveling to a rural area, it is advised to take a JE vaccine 6 weeks before your trip. JE vaccine is given two doses spaced at 28 days apart. The last dose should be given 1 week before your trip.

    - Prevent mosquitoes bites. Cover your skin by wearing long sleeve shirt and long pants. Use an appropriate insect repellent as directed. Stay and sleep in screened or in air-conditioned room. If you are having an outside camp, consider to use the bed net to prevent the mosquitoes.

    - If in any situation you got bitten. Avoid scratching mosquito bites. Thus apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce itching.

    Make your appointment with your preferred paediatrician or physician for further examination. Or you can click on 'Find Doctor' to make an appointment with our specialist.

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