The buzz behind Japanese encephalitis

By Matilda Handsley-Davis
March 18 2022 - 7:00am
PERFECT STORM: It's thought recent rain events creating new wetlands have brought migratory birds into closer contact with mosquitoes, the vector for Japanese encephalitis, and hence into closer proximity to novel populations of people and pigs. Picture: Shutterstock

Japanese encephalitis has catapulted seemingly out of nowhere, and with the disease having reached four states and sadly causing two confirmed deaths, Australians are looking to answer questions about this new-to-us viral infection.

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