Japanese encephalitis, or Japenese fever, is caused by the Japanese encephalitis virus. Carried by the Culex mosquito, it is transmitted to humans by the infected bite of the mosquito. Not everyone gets symptoms, but those who do may complain of a high fever, headache, vomiting and may appear confused. Signs of encephalitis, or brain inflammation may occur. This can lead to seizures, limb paralysis and neck stiffness. Around half of people who get symptoms are left with a permanent neurological disability including deafness and limb paralysis.
Japanese encephalitis is not confined to Japan, but is seen across Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific. It affects just under 70,000 people every year, and sadly there are around 17,000 deaths each year.
There is no specific treatment for Japanese encephalitis, but many will require admission to hospital. This can be daunting when you are abroad and may not speak the native language. Treatment is supportive, and may include help with breathing or feeding, or treatment of seizures. The best way to protect yourself against Japanese encephalitis is to attend for the Japanese encephalitis vaccine in Camberley before you travel.
At Touchwood Pharmacy in Camberley, our aim is to provide accessible, local travel healthcare to everyone. Our vaccine experts offer consultations to better understand the exact nature of your upcoming trip, and can then provide up-to-date information regarding vaccinations and other aspects of healthcare. Our vaccinations are competitively priced, and the Japanese encephalitis vaccine costs just £85. We offer appointments at a time to suit you, and our staff are happy to give advice in person or over the phone before you visit us. Don’t put your health at risk when you travel, Touchwood Pharmacy can offer everything you need to protect your health abroad before you even leave Camberley.
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