Japanese encephalitis virus likely to become endemic: deputy chief medical officer

Government responses include mosquito surveillance and possibly broader vaccination

The Japanese encephalitis virus is “very unlikely” to be eliminated from Australia after an unprecedented outbreak in four states, the Commonwealth deputy chief medical officer says.

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Sonya Bennett
Deputy chief medical officer Dr Sonya Bennett.

Two deaths and 16 other cases of Japanese encephalitis have now been confirmed across NSW, Victoria, Queensland and SA, including a four