Disability from Japanese encephalitis in Cambodia and Viet Nam

Susan Hills, Nguyen Cuong, Sok Touch, Hoang Mai, Sann Soeung, Tran Lien, Chham Samnang, Ly Sovann, Pham Diu, Luc Lac, Seng Heng, Vu Huong, John Grundy, Chea Huch, Penny Lewthwaite, Tom Soloman, Julie Jacobson

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    A cohort of Japanese encephalitis (JE) survivors in Cambodia and Viet Nam were assessed at least 4 months after hospital discharge in order to understand the extent of disability after JE. We used a simple assessment tool which focuses on the impact on daily life. In total, 64 disability assessments were conducted: 38 in Cambodia and 26 in Viet Nam. In Cambodia, 4 (11%) children had severe sequelae, suggesting the children would likely be dependent, 15 (39%) had moderate sequelae and 17 (45%) had mild sequelae. In Viet Nam, two (8%) persons had severe sequelae, five (19%) had moderate sequelae and eight (31%) had mild sequelae. In many JE-endemic areas there are no multi-disciplinary teams with sophisticated equipment to assess patients after JE disease. This assessment tool can assist with patient management and generate data to support the need for programmes to prevent disease and improve outcomes for survivors.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberfmp133
    Pages (from-to)241-244
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Tropical Pediatrics
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011


    • Burden of illness
    • Disability evaluation
    • Japanese encephalitis


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