Disease Warning for Bali Travellers

SYDNEY

West Australians are continuing to pick up nasty infectious diseases in Bali, with new figures showing increases in the number of sexually transmitted infections and mosquito-borne diseases brought back from the popular holiday island.

Health Department figures reveal 46 percent of the 3000 West Australians who returned from overseas with infectious diseases last year had been to Indonesia – almost all to Bali.

Some 117 people returned from Indonesia with chlamydia – 37 more than in 2011 – and 56 with gonorrhoea, up 16.

There were 421 cases of dengue fever, 262 cases of salmonella gastroenteritis and 161 cases of campylobacter gastroenteritis. The number of West Australians needing post-exposure vaccinations as a precaution against rabies after being bitten or scratched by monkeys, dogs or other animals was up 14 on 2011, with 157 cases.

Department medical epidemiologist Gary Dowse said other significant infectious diseases picked up in Bali last year included HIV, malaria, legionnaires’ disease, typhus, typhoid fever, hepatitis A and the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus.

Australian Medical Association WA president Richard Choong, who last year called on the Federal Government to help lift health and hygiene standards in Bali, said it was disappointing nothing had been done.

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4 Responses to “Disease Warning for Bali Travellers”

  1. Roland Says:

    Not questioning that almost 1400 travelers returning to WA with infectious diseases is 1400 too many but does anyone know how many West Australians traveled overseas in 2012, how many of them to Indonesia and Bali? With the same figures available for 2011 we’d be able to judge if the development is in proportion with tourism growth or indeed indicating worsening health and hygiene standards in Bali.

  2. adua del vesco Says:

    the pollution is growing in the hair and in the water, problems of typhus,ameba and salmonella are more and more common.
    i was in the hospital after contracting pneumonia ,i don’t smoke, i don’t drink, i don’t use motorbike…its viral!
    mostly of my friends got dengue, someone even two-three times!
    i think its really time to take serious decisions to make the island more healthy before will be too late.

  3. adua del vesco Says:

    the pollution is growing in the hair and in the water, problems of typhus,ameba and salmonella are more and more common in Bali.
    i was in the hospital after contracting pneumonia ,i don’t smoke, i don’t drink, i don’t use motorbike…its viral!
    mostly of my friends got dengue, someone even two-three times!
    i think its really time to take serious decisions to make the island more healthy before it will be too late.

  4. John Allen Says:

    Has anyone checked how many travelers left West Australia, to travel overseas, with these infectious diseases already in their system and spread them in their holiday destination of choice?