New recommendation on Japanese encephalitis vaccination for travellers to Papua New Guinea

George Rubin and Jeanette Baird, on behalf of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI)
Med J Aust 2004; 181 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2004.tb06275.x
Published online: 20 September 2004

To the Editor: The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is responsible for maintaining and updating the Australian immunisation handbook, on behalf of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).1 At its 25th meeting, in April 2004, ATAGI discussed data (then unpublished) presented by Hanson and colleagues on evidence for the spread of Japanese encephalitis virus beyond the Western Province of Papua New Guinea to the Port Moresby region.2 ATAGI believes it is probable the virus has spread to other parts of Papua New Guinea.

  • George Rubin2
  • Jeanette Baird2
  • on behalf of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI)

  • 1 University of Sydney, NSW
  • 2 Immunisation Section, Targeted Prevention Programs Branch, Department of Health and Ageing, MDP14, GPO Box 9848, Canberra, ACT 2601.


We thank Dr Jeffrey Hanna (Tropical Public Health Unit, Cairns, QLD) and Ms Letitia Toms (Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra, ACT) for their assistance in the preparation and review of this manuscript.


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