May 25, 2016
Beside traffic accidents - the most imminent health hazard to Balinese and visitors is most likely Dengue fever. There is no vaccine against it, therefore the best way to prevent Dengue is like with Malaria not to get bitten by mosquitoes. Dengue fever is a flu-like illness and not uncommon in Bali. Like Malaria, Dengue is transmitted by mosquitoes although a different type. The Aedes Mosquito responsible for Dengue bites primarily in daytime but also during nighttime. They can be found mainly in densely populated
Dengue fever is striking Bali with a vengeance this year as over 40 deaths from the viral disease have been reported on the island from the beginning of 2016.
Recently released statistics show the number of dengue cases in Bali from January to April this year at 7,794 is getting close to 10,700, the total number of cases across Bali in all of 2015.
"The increase in those areas are quite sharp ... The one in Gianyar (near Ubud) especially, the incident is quite high," Wayan Pujana from the Bali Health Office told AAP on Wednesday.
Grab those mosquito zapper rackets and your citronella candles because dengue fever season has officially arrived in Bali and Bali's health office is asking residents to stay vigilant in fighting off the little blood-suckers
If you feel unwell during your trip or in the first three weeks after your return, you are advised to seek immediate medical advice and tell the doctor about your travel.
Bali’s Health Agency has sounded an alert to the local population in order to limit mosquito breeding grounds to a maximum and warned that the peak of the outbreak will most likely be the months of April and May.
The other concern is that a significant number of victims have died in the last few weeks and those most vulnerable to the fever remain young children and babies. So if you’ve planned a trip to Bali in the near future, ensure you take all the necessary anti-mosquito precautions both during the night and day. Mosquito nets, repellants and appropriate clothing a must. There are no vaccinations against dengue.
Mosquitoes that carry dengue, yellow fever or Zika are more active in the daytime.
How to avoid being bitten
Use screens on doors and windows.
Use insect sprays.
Use mosquito coils.
Use a mosquito net over your bed at night. You can spray this with pesticide if you wish.
Turn on air conditioning if you have it – this is very effective at keeping mosquitoes out of a room.
Wear a repellent cream or spray, preferably containing DEET (diethyltoluamide). (Repellents containing less than 35% DEET are recommended because higher concentrations are no more effective – they just work for longer – and in rare cases they can cause poisoning. Repellent should not be applied to wounds or irritated skin.)
Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, long pants and hats. Clothing can be treated with repellent.
Wear light-coloured clothing – ticks and other critters are more easily detected on a light background and tsetse flies are attracted to dark, contrasting colours.
Use zip-up screens on tents.
Avoid places where mosquitoes are most active, such as swampy areas.
Note that vitamin B doesn’t prevent mosquito bites.