Four-month-old boy among Japanese encephalitis cases

Experts say sentinel chicken testing next summer will flag whether wider vaccination is needed

Doctors have described Victoria’s first reported case of Japanese encephalitis in an infant as Australia’s unprecedented outbreak of the mosquito-borne infection continues.  

Professor Dominic Dwyer.

The publication comes as experts warn next summer will likely reveal if the virus has become endemic and whether wider vaccination will be needed. 

The previously healthy four-month-old boy