Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is caused by a virus spread by infected mosquitoes.
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Symptoms typically include fever, joint pain and a rash. Occasionally JEV can cause severe symptoms including headache, convulsions and reduced consciousness. If you have symptoms, see your GP or call HealthDirect on 1800 022 222. If you feel very unwell, head your nearest emergency department or call 000.
JEV can only be transmitted to humans by mosquitos, so the best way to avoid infection with JEV and other mosquito-borne viruses is to avoid getting bitten.
Cover up with light coloured, loose fitted clothing and footwear
Use mosquito repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus
Use mosquito netting to protect children, including cribs and strollers
Prevent mosquitos breeding around the home, and entering the home