The Japanese encephalitis (JE) situation in Australia has been declared a Communicable Disease Incident of National Significance as of March 2022. JE is a vaccine preventable disease caused by the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV). The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and the Communicable Diseases Network of Australia (CDNA) have developed resources outlining information on the vaccines available to prevent JE and who they are recommended for. 

The Australian Government Department of Health has also developed a 'Health alert' web page for JEV, which is updated regularly with the latest information and medical advice.

The Australian Immunisation Handbook has a chapter on Japanese encephalitis. Access the chapter here.

 

Sydney ID Distinguished Lecture Series - JEV outbreak in Australia - important insights for clinicians

The Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases held this webinar on Thursday, 17 March 2022, where Professor Tom Solomon and local experts provided an update for Australian clinicians. Watch the webinar recording below.

 

 

Last updated March 2022