How can I protect myself from JEV?

JEV has been detected in Australia. Find out how you can protect yourself in this short video from Dr Sonya Bennett.


Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) has been detected in Australia. Anyone who gets bitten by an infected mosquito is at risk of getting JEV. The good news is there are simple steps we can take to protect ourselves from mosquitoes: Remove water holding containers where mosquitoes may breed. Use a mosquito repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus and be sure to follow the label instructions. Wear long, loose fitting clothing. Light colored clothing is best. Properly fit mosquito nets or screens to your home and other places you might sleep like a tent. And limit outdoor activity if lots of mosquitoes are about. This will help protect you from JEV and other mosquito borne viruses. For more information visit

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