Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV) – Know the Facts About JEV and Stay Safe Fact Sheet

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Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV) – Know the Facts About JEV and Stay Safe Fact Sheet

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Publication date:

August 2, 2022

Publication type:

Fact sheet

Targeted audience:

General public

The description:

Mozzies aren’t just annoying, they can also transmit harmful viruses to humans, like JEV. It can be an unpleasant disease, so it’s important that we know as much as possible about JEV, how to avoid it, its symptoms, and what to do if you catch it.

Here are 8 common JEV myths and the facts you need to stay safe.

  1. MYTH: Even if I catch JEV, Myth it’s not that bad.
  2. MYTH: I don’t live near a pig barn or a waterway, so I’m not really at risk.
  3. MYTH: People can get JEV from animals like pigs, birds and even other people.
  4. MYTH: You can get JEV by eating infected pork or bird meat.
  5. MYTH: JEV is from Japan
  6. MYTH: JEV is seasonal
  7. MYTH: There is no vaccine for JEV
  8. MYTH: There is nothing you can do to avoid JEV

Now that you know the facts about JEV, help keep our crowd safe by researching symptoms and following tips to avoid mozzies.

To find out more about the Japanese encephalitis virus, go to health.gov.au.

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