What is Japanese Encephalitis?

Japanese encephalitis is a serious and potentially deadly disease. Symptoms include vomiting, confusion, fever, headache, and difficulty moving. It can develop into swelling around the brain that may lead to long-term neurological consequences. It is spread through mosquito bites, but can easily be protected against through vaccination.

Are There Effective Treatments For Japanese Encephalitis?

No cure or particularly effective treatments have been identified for Japanese Encephalitis. There are, however, certain treatment protocols that have been suggested in order to help a patient’s body fight off the virus that causes this viral infection and to reduce the severity of the symptoms during the course of the infection.

In most cases, a patient diagnosed with this disease will be admitted to a hospital. While in hospital, they will be closely monitored in order to detect any signs of complications. Additionally, their fluid and oxygen levels will be kept at an optimal level through the use of different techniques. There are also some medications that can be given to a patient to help reduce fever, inflammation, pain and other symptoms associated with this infectious disease.

Can Japanese Encephalitis Be Prevented?

While not as common as the flu vaccine, a specific Japanese encephalitis vaccine has been developed for the purpose of preventing the virus in people who will be at a high risk during their travels.

The vaccine is available through private healthcare facilities and physicians. It has been designed to help the body build up an immunity against the virus and is effective in approximately 90% of people who receive it.

How Can You Reduce Your Risk Of Mosquito Bites?

The vaccine used to prevent the Japanese encephalitis viral infection is very effective, but in 10% of cases, it may not work and still put a person at a risk of being infected should they be exposed to the virus. This makes implementing certain steps to prevent being bitten by a mosquito in the first place important5. These steps are especially important if a person is planning to travel toward a rural area, as well as when they will go camping.

While outside, a person should ensure they expose most of their skin through proper clothing – long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, shoes with socks and even gloves are all useful. A hat can also help. There is special clothing also available that have been treated with insect repellent chemicals to help ward off mosquitoes and other insects. Any areas of the skin that is still exposed after dressing should be treated with a high-quality insect repellent.

While inside a building or tent, a person should ensure windows and doors are covered with a special gauze that would not allow mosquitoes to enter. Mosquito nets can also be used, but it is important to choose the options that have been treated with insecticides.

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