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NSW confirms second death from encephalitis


A second person has died in New Wales from Japanese encephalitis as a result of an outbreak that began earlier this year.

A 60-year-old man from Cow, near the Victorian border, was diagnosed with the virus in early March and died at a hospital in Albury on Friday.

His death is the second in NSW from a virus that has infected 13 people in the state since the first cases were discovered in late February.

The number of mosquitoes that spread the virus has declined, but NSW Health warns that people still need to take steps to avoid bites, such as not going outside at dawn or dusk and staying away from wetlands and bushes.

Long sleeves, shoes, socks and insecticide can also help people avoid bites.

Japanese encephalitis can cause severe neurological diseases, including seizures and loss of consciousness, and there is no specific treatment.

The virus is not transmitted between people, and vaccinations exist to protect against it.

The death of a man from Japanese encephalitis came on the same day that NSW confirmed its first case of monkeypox in a traveler who had returned from Europe.

Monkeypox is endemic to Central and West Africa, but several cases have been reported in recent weeks in a number of European countries and the United States.


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