Japanese encephalitis rife in inland regions, blood testing shows

The NSW seroprevalence findings are likely similar in other states and may worsen with La Nina, an arbovirus expert says.
Associate Professor Greg Devine.

Japanese encephalitis virus is now well entrenched in pockets of Australia, where more than one in 10 people are showing evidence of asymptomatic infection, health authorities say.

The serological survey results show there is “absolutely no chance” of eliminating the virus from south-east and southern Australia even though local cases only emerged this year, says arbovirus expert Associate Professor Greg Devine.