NSW Health is urging the community to stay vigilant and take precautions against mosquito bites after a seventh NSW resident has been confirmed to have Japanese encephalitis (JE).
The confirmed case is a woman aged in her 40s from the Berrigan area in the Riverina region. She was treated in hospital before being discharged and is continuing to recover in the community.
The JE virus is spread by mosquitoes and can infect animals and humans. The virus cannot be transmitted between humans, and it cannot be caught by eating pork or other pig products.
There is no specific treatment for JE, which can cause severe neurological illness with headache, convulsions and reduced consciousness in some cases.
The best thing people throughout the state can do to protect themselves and their families against JE is to take steps to avoid mosquito bites.
Simple actions you can take include:
For further information on mosquito-borne disease and ways to protect yourself go to