An Australian man, who visited Phuket for ten days in May, has died from Japanese encephalitis, after returning to his home in Victoria.
The man in his 60s, complained of feeling lethargic and sleepy. He was admitted to hospital in a state of confusion, where he passed away.
Japanese encephalitis affects the brain and is transferred to humans via mosquitoes.
Symptoms of the illness include headaches, fever and stiffness, especially around the neck. Convulsions and extremely high temperature can follow.
Fatalities are more common in children that in adults.
There is no specific treatment other than supporting the patient for whatever symptoms develop.
There are vaccines available however and if infected and your are fortunate enough to survive, you should have lifetime immunity from the virus.
Source : Thaivisa
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