Health authorities are warning people to protect themselves after a case of Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) infection was detected in New South Wales (NSW). Following the persistently wet and warm weather over the vacation period, mosquito populations in NSW are currently thriving.
In 2022, there was one outbreak of JEV in Australia with 45 cases detected mainly in the Murray Valley in New South Wales.
Optimal protection against mosquito bites, especially at dusk and at night. In addition, the Swiss Expert Commission for Travel Medicine (EKMT) recommends vaccination against JE for travelers to Australia for high-risk travelers such as: