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Japanese encephalitis virus: Expert describes it as a ‘growing global threat’ as two Australians die

A top health scientist has warned of the evolving threat of the Japanese encephalitis outbreak as Australia records its second death.

Encephalitis, which is contracted and spread by mosquitos to humans and animals, emerged in piggeries across NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia last month. 

On Wednesday, NSW recorded its first virus-ralted death after a man from the Griffith region who was aged in his 70s died. It comes after a man his 60s from northern Victoria died from the virus on February 28.

Health scientist and CEO of the Encephalitis Society Dr Ava Easton has explained how the virus is a growing threat as cases grow in Australia. 

A top health scientist has warned of the evolving threat of the Japanese encephalitis outbreak as Australia records its first two…


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