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Bali hits back at virus warning, false media reports

Balinese authorities have moved to ease fears that a health scare has emerged on the popular resort island. 



Recent reports out of Australia and UK among others had claimed an outbreak of the mosquito-borne, Japanese encephalitis virus had gripped the Indonesian province. 


But a statement by the Bali Department of Health refutes news reports of the situation. 


“There is a false information regarding disease outbreak in Bali,” the head of the Bali Department of Health said.


“In January 2018 there was only one reported case with negative test result and no death reported.”  


The statement added that vaccination programs and mosquito control were ongoing.  


New advice from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade tells travellers “Japanese encephalitis is an ongoing risk in Indonesia, including Bali”. But DFAT maintains the risk of infection remains low. 


“Avoid mosquito bites. Talk to your doctor about vaccinations before you go,” it says.


“The level of our advice has not changed.”


According to the NSW Department of Health, Japanese encephalitis “is a rare but serious infection of the brain caused by a virus that is transmitted through mosquito bites. It occurs in many parts of Asia”.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 12 November 2018

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