The Australian Department of Health and Aged Care has declared Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV) a Communicable Disease Incident of National Significance. Since 1 January 2021 there have been 45 human cases of JEV notified.
Sadly, 7 people have died as a result of JEV (2 in NSW, 2 in SA, 1 in VIC, 1 in QLD, 1 in NT).
This webinar provides timely and relevant education on JEV vaccination for;
- travellers going overseas to countries with known cases
- domestic travellers visiting regions where conditions favour JEV outbreaks
- communities living in areas of known historical outbreaks
- frontline healthcare workers where JEV has been reported
By the end of this activity, you will be able to:
- Recall the symptoms, diagnosis and mode of transmission for the Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV).
- Identify key causes of historical JEV outbreaks, where in Australia this virus is most prevalent and why.
- Highlight the importance of JEV vaccination for travellers going overseas and in local community areas where flood-borne outbreaks regularly occur.
- Review ATAGI recommendations for vaccine eligibility and indications across the different age groups and patient conditions
- Identify strategies to minimise infection during flood-borne outbreaks and steps that could be taken in primary care to better protect the community.
Dr. Rod Pearce
GP, Chairman of the Immunisation Coalition
A/Prof Phillip Britton
Infectious diseases physician with a special interest in JEV
Prof. Collen Lau
Infectious disease epidemiologist, researcher & travel health expert