URGENT Disease Warning To Australians Heading To Bali | Deadly Japanese Encephalitis Disease

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URGENT Disease Warning To Australians Heading To Bali | Deadly Japanese Encephalitis Disease

A deadly brain infection has gone viral in Bali.

Indonesia’s Ministry of Health has revealed that they are investigating the deadly Japanese Encephaltis disease after a spike of cases have occurred in Bali and Manado.


Warning To Australians Travelling To Bali Over Deadly Japanese Encephalitis Disease


The infection is most commonly transmitted to humans through mosquito bites. The disease can also be carried by birds, bats, cows and pigs.


Symptoms of the virus include flu-like signs such as headaches, fever and convulsions, however, they can take up to 15 days to become noticeable.


The virus can be deadly with one in four cases proving fatal, but can also cause blindness, weakness and movement disorders.


“So far, we in Indonesia, in this case, the Ministry of Health, has just recorded this disease in several sites, because we have found cases in Bali, and Manado, ranking second,” said Ministry of Health Director of Surveillance and Quarantine, Vensya Sitohang.


The ministry is now attempting to stop the infection from spreading to other regions in the country by introducing a vaccine.


The vaccinations are starting from those aged nine months to 15-years-old as children under the age of 15 are most susceptible to the deadly infection.


Aside from receiving a vaccination, tourists are being urged to use plenty of insect repellent, wear long sleeved shirts and long pants, keep windows closed and only stay in accommodation that can provide screens on windows and mosquito nets around beds.


How is it prevented?

A Japanese encephalitis vaccine is available for people aged 12 months and older and is recommended for travellers spending extended one month or more in rural areas of high-risk countries for JE. For more detailed JE vaccination advice see the Australian Immunisation Handbook and consult with your GP or travel medicine clinic. Even if you have been vaccinated it is still important to protect against mosquitoes and reduce the risk of diseases they transmit.



Prevention measures include:

  • covering-up with a loose-fitting long sleeved shirt and long pants when outside
  • applying mosquito repellent to exposed skin
  • taking special care during peak mosquito biting hours. The mosquitoes that transmit diseases such as JE, dengue, chikungunya and Zika will also bite through the day
  • removing potential mosquito breeding sites from around the home and screen windows and doors
  • taking extra precautions when travelling in areas with a higher risk of mosquito-borne diseases.


In addition to the general protection measures above, overseas travellers should also:

  • stay and sleep in rooms with fly-screens or air-conditioning
  • use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.
  • Bed nets are most effective when they are treated with a pyrethroid insecticide, such as permethrin. Pre-treated bed nets can be purchased before travelling, or nets can be treated after purchase.
  • avoid known areas of high mosquito-borne disease transmission or outbreaks

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