Health Alert – U.S. Mission to Australia (23 March 2022)
Location: Rural areas of New South Wales, southern Queensland, southeastern South Australia, and northern Victoria.
Event: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Japanese Encephalitis
Actions to Take:
- Travelers to Australia can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites.
- Vaccination for Japanese Encephalitis is recommended for people traveling to risk areas who will work or reside near pig operations, work directly with mosquitoes, or for longer-term (e.g., one month or more) travelers to Australia’s Outer Torres Strait Islands.
- Travelers should seek medical care immediately if they develop a fever, headache, vomiting, disorientation, coma, or seizures.
- Visit the CDC Travelers Health Page for travelers to Australia to learn more.
- Check the Embassy webpage on American Citizen Services regularly for the most up-to-date information on the availability of services Australia-wide.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Australia and updated information on COVID-19 related to the availability of testing.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- Visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.
- Click here for our Travel to the U.S. FAQs.
- State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Australia Country Information
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