A Case of Japanese Encephalitis Virus Infection Acquired During a Trip in Thailand


  • This paper has been presented in part at the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Canada Annual Conference, April 7–9, 2011, Montreal, QC, Canada.

Michel Laverdière, MD, Department of Microbiology-Infectious Diseases, Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, 5415 Boul de L’Assomption, Montreal, QC H1T 2M4, Canada. E-mail: michel.laverdiere@umontreal.ca


A case of Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) infection is reported in a young traveler returning from Thailand. Clinical suspicion of JEV in travelers returning from endemic areas with neurologic symptoms is warranted. Confirmation of the diagnosis is complex and requires specialized laboratory services. Individualized advice on the costs and benefits of vaccination is recommended.