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Bali Tourist Urged To Take Precautions Against Dengue Fever 

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Tourists in Bali are being advised about a slight rise in the number of reported dengue cases.

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne virus that in the most severe cases can be fatal.

Luckily, there are plenty of easy and effective precautions tourists can take.

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The number of dengue fever cases reported in Bali’s Bangli Regency increased by 65% in March 2024. Bangli Regency is best known to tourists as the home of Kintamani, Lake Batur, Mount Batur, and many of the agrotourism coffee plantations.

The total number of reported cases of dengue fever in Bangli reached 119 in the last month. 

The Head of the Bangli Health Service, I Nyoman Arsana, told reporters “Even though the number of dengue cases in Bangli district rose by 65%, compared to the position of March 2023, thankfully no dengue fever patients have died.”

He sent his gratitude to health workers and hospitals in the region for the effective care of hospitalized patients and was confident that those still suffering would make a full recovery.

He went on to say, “We at Bangli Health Service have carried out fogged or spraying to eradicate mosquitos 68 times, but the spraying can only kill adult mosquitos, but the larvae, mosquito eggs, can still give birth to dengue mosquitos.”

He called upon the community to keep a close eye on areas where stagnant water may gather to keep reducing the number of areas where mosquitoes can nest as much as possible.

This may also involve cleaning up waterways, wells, and large stagnant puddles. 

Figures for March 2024 for other regencies in Bali have yet to be released, but the increase in cases from Bangli Regency serves as a good reminder to tourists to keep taking the risk of dengue fever seriously and to ensure they are taking all precautions possible.

According to the World Health Organisation, mosquitoes that carry and spread dengue fever are most active during the daytime.

WHO suggests that reducing the risk of contracting dengue fever by protecting the body from mosquito bites can be done by wearing clothes that cover as much of the body as possible.

Tourists are advised to use mosquito nets if sleeping during the day, and ideally nets that have been sprayed with insect repellent.

They also suggest using window screens and mosquito repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, or IR3535. Repellants like coils and vaporizers are also effective. 

They suggest that if someone does contract dengue fever, it is essential to “rest, drink plenty of liquids.” Unlike other viruses there are very specific over the counter drugs that can and cannot be taken for dengue.

The use of acetaminophen like paracetamol for pain is OK, but patients must avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin. 

What are the symptoms of dengue fever to look out for?

In fact, most people who contract dengue fever don’t even realize they have.

In most cases, no or simply mild cold and flu-like symptoms are present, and a full recovery is made in 1-2 weeks. 


If symptoms do occur they will likely being 4-10 days after the mosquito bite and will last anywhere between 2 and 7 days.

These symptoms may include: high fever (40°C/104°F), severe, headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands, a rash. 


It is important to note that people who are infected for a second time are at greater risk of developing severe dengue.

The symptoms of severe dengue generally come on quickly and require urgent medical attention. Severe symptoms generally appear after the initial fever has dissipated.

Severe symptoms of dengue fever, according to WHO, include: severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, rapid breathing, bleeding gums or nose, fatigue, restlessness, blood in vomit or stool, being very thirsty, pale and cold skin, and feeling weak.

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Most accommodation providers in Bali will be able to call for a doctor to visit guests/patients in the rooms; however, if hospital treatment is needed, the most popular international hospital for tourists in Bali at the BIMC Hospital in Kuta, the BIMC Hospital in Nusa Dua and the Siloam Hospital in Denpasar.

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Wayan Bo

Thursday 11th of April 2024

Asian Tiger mosquito arrived to Europe too 🦟


Friday 12th of April 2024

@Wayan Bo, thank you genius. We didn't know because obviously our health services are inferior to Bali. Fool.


Thursday 11th of April 2024

I also had dengue fever for first time. In March but I got it from a hotel in Kuta I know this because 3 or 4 staff there also got it. And ended up in hospital I didn't go hospital but did have infusions


Thursday 11th of April 2024

Dengue fever is no joke!! The symptoms may be similar to having typhoid until you get a blood test for dengue fever. An expat friend caught it and with enough strength flew back to Jakarta for treatment that he is familiar with his local hospital’s medical care. He may have caught it in Jakarta before traveling to Bali.

Incubation could take a few days and you will have the feeling that you have been hit by a truck in the early stages of infection. Depending on the person’s immune system and response to the IV treatment, 5 days at the most in the hospital. If your blood platelet is still low and the response to treatment is negative, then you may have to get a blood transfusion. During bed rest at the hospital, nurses and doctors would tell the patient to refrain from brushing your teeth hard as to avoid severe bleeding.

Dengue fever has appeared in the Southern part of Europe, Hawaii and the Southern states of the US. It is also highly present in every country in Central and South America. A virus infected mosquito called “aedes aegypti” can transfer the virus from human to human. It can bite in the early morning and late afternoon. It has a stronger itch than any other non viral carrier mosquitoes, and they would usually bite on your ankle or elbow.

Dengue fever is present in living urban settings and where clean stagnant water is present for “aedes aegypti” mosquitoes to breed.

Learned so much from this friend who caught it. There are now vaccines available and approved for use in Indonesia that could treat 4 strains of dengue fever. Who knew that there are 4 strains of dengue fever...sigh.


Monday 15th of April 2024

@Randy, It's also in Australia. Up till 13 February there were 59 cases reported in Cairns.


Thursday 11th of April 2024

Raw papaya leaves in a blender with bananas and guava. Best natural cure.


Friday 12th of April 2024

@Josh, complete, dangerous garbage.


Thursday 11th of April 2024

Well , I have had Denque fever 3 times now.. just relax in your home and take some paracetamol and you will be fine ... dont listen to bull**** and avoid inflatded hospital bills .. there is no cure .. just relax ;-)


Saturday 13th of April 2024

@Benito, of course there is NO cure but if your blood platelet is low you may need hospitalization or risk of dying at home without proper medical care. Indonesian hospitals do know how to treat patients of dengue fever. This viral disease is an occasional occurrence. There 4 strains of dengue fever viruses. There are vaccines now that do cover the 4 strains.