Well being warning for Bali vacationers as surge of individuals return with dengue fever

The primary case of encephalitis attributable to a mosquito-borne flavivirus has occurred in Western Australia, whereas travellers to Bali have additionally been warned a few surge in dengue fever.

Whereas testing has not but supplied a definitive affirmation, it’s prone to be Murray Valley encephalitis, WA Well being mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.

The grownup was uncovered to contaminated mosquitoes within the Pilbara area and is at the moment receiving medical care.

Managing scientist Andrew Jardine urged folks to be on alert for mosquito bites throughout northern WA.

“MVE might be lethal, and we’re at the moment seeing ongoing exercise throughout the Pilbara and Kimberley areas,” Dr Jardine mentioned.

“As a neighborhood, maintain each other knowledgeable. Chat with anybody dwelling at your own home, or your subsequent door neighbours, to make sure they know what might be accomplished to guard towards mozzies.

“Avoiding bites will even shield towards different infections carried by mosquitoes.”

Earlier on Wednesday, WA Well being issued a separate assertion warning travellers heading to Bali to concentrate on dengue fever dangers.

WA has recorded 138 instances of dengue fever this yr — twice the variety of instances in comparison with the identical time final yr.

WA Well being mentioned most of these instances have been acquired in Indonesia, which had reported greater than 60,000 instances of dengue fever this yr.

Dengue virus is transmitted to folks through the chew of an contaminated mosquito and whereas most individuals may have delicate or no signs, those that are contaminated a second time are at better threat of extreme illness which might be deadly.

The Communicable Illness Management’s appearing director Jelena Maticevic mentioned the most effective defence towards dengue fever was to guard towards mosquito bites when visiting Bali or different high-risk nations.

“Dengue fever is unfold by mosquitoes which are inclined to chew through the day and are normally discovered round buildings in city or semi-urban areas,” Dr Maticevic mentioned.

“Signs of dengue fever might embrace fever, rash, headache, fatigue, and joint and muscle ache, with extra extreme illness presenting with stomach ache, vomiting, and bleeding from the gums or nostril.

“There is no such thing as a particular therapy for this sickness, nonetheless the chance of contracting dengue fever might be considerably diminished by defending towards mosquitoes when travelling abroad.”

Travellers can take the suitable steps to forestall mosquito bites throughout their abroad holidays by avoiding areas of excessive mosquito exercise and carrying lengthy, loose-fitting, light-coloured clothes.

Making use of a chemical-based insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), also referred to as PMD also can stop mosquito bites.

WA Well being instructed travellers ought to sleep underneath a mattress internet, ideally one which was handled with an insecticide, and will shut all doorways and home windows that wouldn’t have insect screens.

Folks also needs to request that their lodge rooms be sprayed for mosquitoes if they’re current.

Anybody who turns into sick once they return to Australia ought to see their physician instantly.

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