A One Health approach to Japanese encephalitis in Bangladesh: Vaccinating pigs to save human lives

  • Project Lead(s): Emily Gurley

    Research suggests that pigs are the primary environmental reservoir in northwestern Bangladesh for the Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus, which kills 30% of those infected and causes permanent neurologic deficits in another 30%.

    While the conventional approach to preventing JE is to vaccinate humans, this project will vaccinate pigs, reducing risk to people of all ages. This approach is too costly where pigs are produced on large farms but, in Bangladesh, it is practical because pig populations are smaller.